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Title A companion to Hrotsvit of Gandersheim (fl. 960) : contextual and interpretive approaches / edited by Phyllis R. Brown and Stephen L. Wailes.
Imprint Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2013.

Series Brill's companions to the Christian tradition, 1871-6377 ; v. 34
Brill's companions to the Christian tradition ; v. 34.
Subject Hrotsvitha, approximately 935-approximately 975 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Christian literature, Latin (Medieval and modern) -- History and criticism.
Christianity and literature -- Germany -- History -- To 1500.
Women and literature -- Germany -- History -- To 1500.
Alt Name Brown, Phyllis Rugg, 1949-
Wailes, Stephen L.
Description 1 online resource (xix, 394 pages)
Note Title from PDF title page (EBL, viewed on Nov. 6, 2012).
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary Hrotsvit, a canoness in the German convent Gandersheim, wrote Latin poems, stories, plays, and histories during the reign of Emperor Otto the Great (962-973). She expresses a strong sense of authorial mission in letters, prefaces, and dedications. These personal writings, as well as her full literary corpus, are studied in twelve original essays by scholars from Europe and North America, who bring several perspectives to bear. Her historical roots are shown, both in her use of Christian literary tradition (e.g., the legend) and in her understanding of political forces shaping her time. Her strong spirituality emerges from vivid portraits not only of martyrs but also of men and women who question and doubt the Lord, while her openness to problems of sexuality, and of the need for women to realize their individuality and particular gifts, is surprisingly modern. Contributors include: Walter Berscin, Katrinette Bodarwe¿¿, Jay Lees, Gary Macy, Linda McMillin, Florence Newman, and Lisa Weston.
Contents Preliminary Material -- Hrotsvit and Her World / Stephen L. Wailes and Phyllis R. Brown -- Hrotsvit and Her Works / Walter Berschin -- Hrotsvit in Context: Convents and Culture in Ottonian Germany / Jane Stevenson -- Hrotsvit's Theology of Virginity and Continence / Gary Macy -- The Sacred Stories in Verse / Stephen L. Wailes -- Hrotsvit's Plays / Stephen L. Wailes -- The Necessity of Hrotsvit: Evangelizing Theatre / Michael A. Zampelli -- David rex fidelis? Otto the Great, the Gesta Ottonis, and the Primordia coenobii Gandeshemensis / Jay T. Lees -- Hrotsvit's Apostolic Mission: Prefaces, Dedications, and Other Addresses to Readers / Phyllis R. Brown -- Virginity and Other Sexualities / Lisa M.C. Weston -- Strong Voice(s) of Hrotsvit: Male-Female Dialogue / Florence Newman -- The Audiences of Hrotsvit / Linda A. McMillin -- Hrotsvit and Her Avatars / Katrinette Bodarwé -- Bibliography -- Contributors -- Index.
ISBN 9789004234390 (electronic bk.)
900423439X (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 816048702
Additional Format Print version: Companion to Hrotsvit of Gandersheim (fl. 960). Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2013 9789004229624 (DLC) 2012028844 (OCoLC)808417312

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