Session1027
TitleHoly Politics!: Borders between the Sacred and the Political in Medieval German Literature
Date/TimeWednesday 6 July 2022: 09.00-10.30
 
OrganiserLea Braun, Institut für Deutsche Literatur, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
 
Moderator/ChairLea Braun, Institut für Deutsche Literatur, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
 
Paper 1027-a Contested Futures: Prophecy and the Border-Dispute between Fate and Politics in the Middle High German 'Alexander' Romances
(Language: English)
Lea Braun, Institut für Deutsche Literatur, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Index Terms: Language and Literature - German; Mentalities; Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1027-b Charlemagne's Unspeakable Sin and the Politics of Confession
(Language: English)
Sarah Bowden, Department of German, King's College London
Index Terms: Language and Literature - German; Politics and Diplomacy; Religious Life
 
AbstractThis panel queries the border between the sacred and the political in medieval German literature. Genres from romances to hagiography and mystical texts negotiate what it means to wield authority in secular and religious contexts. Rather than being diametrically opposed, the political and the sacred frequently blend and borrow from each other. Questions that inspire this panel are: where do the borders between the sacred and the political run? When are they ignored or deliberately subverted? And how do the sacred and the political change after meeting at the border?