Der, Oberdeutsche vierzeilige Totentanz: Formen seiner Rezeption und Aneignung in Handschrift und Blockdruck
Spatmittelalter, Humanismus, Reformation No.88
By: Almut Breitenbach
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Totentänze negotiate death, dying and transience: 'be out from death to Dance' is to die. This irritating picture from the Middle Ages to the present day reader and viewer intrigued and research engaged repeatedly. Using the example of the 'Upper German four-line Dance of Death' is Almut Breitenbach questions about the cultural-historical classification and significance of late medieval dances of death after. Through the text and tradition historical methodology that intensive research on's transmission and reception contexts and a wide, interdisciplinary perspective, the author sheds new light on the late medieval dances of death overall. At the same time they are revealing insights into forms of production, reception and appropriation of spiritual literature, which were influenced by the particular contemporary practices of reading and meditating.
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