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The KaiserchronikA Medieval Narrative$
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Alastair Matthews

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199656998

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199656998.001.0001

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Perspective: Otto the Great

Perspective: Otto the Great

(p.90) 4 Perspective: Otto the Great
The Kaiserchronik

Alastair Matthews

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines narrative perspective in the episode about Otto the Great in the Kaiserchronik. It argues against concentrating on focalization at the expense of other aspects of perspective, as much recent research has done, and presents Boris Uspensky's planes of perspective as an alternative analytical framework. The chapter shows, with reference to temporal, phraseological, and psychological perspective, that Otto is capable of reflecting on his actions rather than simply embodying the fixed ideological role of a model of good Christian rulership. The associated nuances of perspective are highlighted by means of comparisons with hagiographical and historiographical texts in Latin and the vernacular, including the Frutolf/Ekkehard chronicle.

Keywords:   perspective, focalization, Otto, Uspensky, Lechfeld, Ulrich of Augsburg, Hungarians

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