UCL Discovery
UCL home » Library Services » Electronic resources » UCL Discovery

Heroes and their beards = Helden und deren Bärte

Coxon, S; (2018) Heroes and their beards = Helden und deren Bärte. Zeitschrift für deutsches Altertum und deutsche Literatur , 147 (1) pp. 21-50. 10.3813/zfda-2018-0002. Green open access

[thumbnail of Coxon_Heroes and their beards.pdf]
Preview
Text
Coxon_Heroes and their beards.pdf - Accepted Version

Download (467kB) | Preview

Abstract

This article explores the narrative functions and literary effects of references to beards in medieval German heroic epic, beards being perhaps the most perfect of metonyms for heroic masculinity. In doing so it seeks to shed light on the ways in which poets of heroic epic address the issue of the appearance or rather the physiognomy of their (many) male characters. The 'Nibelungenlied' represents something of a literary archetype which remains largely unparalleled in the subsequent tradition of German epic poetry; later texts deal with heroes and their beards quite differently. / Der Beitrag setzt sich mit Erzählfunktionen und literarischen Effekten auseinander, die durch Hinweise auf Bärte in der mhd. Heldenepik zustande kommen, wobei der Bart als hervorragendes Erzählsymbol für heroische Männlichkeit aufgefasst wird. Es soll untersucht werden, auf welche Art und Weise Ependichter das Aussehen bzw. die Physiognomie ihres großenteils männlichen Figurenpersonals thematisieren. Das 'Nibelungenlied' stellt einen literarischen Archetypus dar, auf den die nachfolgende Tradition der mhd. Heldenepik kaum wieder zurückgreift; spätere Texte setzen andere Akzente bei Helden und deren Bärten.

Type: Article
Title: Heroes and their beards = Helden und deren Bärte
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3813/zfda-2018-0002
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.3813/zfda-2018-0002
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: 'Nibelungenlied'; beards; dietrichepik; masculinity; metonymy
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1544132
Downloads since deposit
285Downloads
Download activity - last month
Download activity - last 12 months
Downloads by country - last 12 months

Archive Staff Only

View Item View Item