Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 2785
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Rasmussen , Ann Marie.
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  • Title: Fathers to Think Back Through: The Middle High German Mother-Daughter and Father-Son Advice Poems known as "Die Winsbeckin" and "Der Winsbecke" ["In particular, the essay examines the 'enabling' notions of authenticity, authorship, and paternal authority that shaped scholarship on the poems from 1845 to 1985. The trope of a father instructing his son furnished a productive framework for the overwhelmingly male professional caste of nineteenth- and twentieth-century scholars to 'think back through,' I will argue, as they constructed notions of conduct literature that privileged a version of paternal, secular authority and that rested at times on a nostalgic belief that didactic literature was imbued with an authentic connection to lived medieval experience." p. 109].
  • Source: Medieval Conduct.  Edited by Kathleen Ashley and Robert L. A. Clark.  Medieval Cultures, Volume 29. University of Minnesota Press, 2001.  Pages 106 - 134.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Daughters in Literature Fathers in Literature Gender Handbooks Human Behavior Literature- Verse Mothers in Literature Reception Scholars Sons in Literature Der Winsbecke (The Knight from Winsbecke), Didactic Middle High German Poem Die Winsbeckin (The Lad
  • Geographic Area: Germany
  • Century: 13, 19- 20
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  • Illustrations: Two Figures. Figure One "Der Winsbecke," a manuscript illustration in which the father addresses his son (Heidelberg, Universit├Ątsbibliothek, cpg. fol. 213r). Figure Two "Die Winsbeckin," a manuscript illustration in which the mother addresses her daughter (Heidelberg, Universit├Ątsbibliothek, cpg. fol. 217).
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  • Author's Affiliation: Duke University
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  • Year of Publication: 2001.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 0816635757
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