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John the Evangelist and Medieval German Writing
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John the Evangelist and Medieval German Writing: Imitating the Inimitable

Annette Volfing

Abstract

The book examines the literary deployment of the figure of John the Evangelist in Middle High German texts, with particular reference to the question of imitatio. John is a major and multi-faceted saint, the biography and cult of whom have continuously raised questions about authorship, religious contemplation, spirituality, visions, and even sexuality, through most of the Christian period. The book identifies two parallel hagiographic uses of John in Middle High German texts: the devotional and the poetological. These uses are to a large extent contingent on genre: sermons and religious treat ... More

Keywords: John the Evangelist, hagiography, imitatio, spirituality, poetology, visions, authorship, contemplation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780199246847
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199246847.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Annette Volfing, author
University Lecturer in Medieval German, Oxford University, and College Tutor in German, Oriel College, Oxford
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