The Ennobling Power of Love in the Medieval German Lyric

By Stephen J. Kaplowitt

The Ennobling Power of Love in the Medieval German Lyric

224 pp., 6 x 9, notes, bibl., index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-5660-1
    Published: May 2020

University of North Carolina Studies in Germanic Languages and Literature

Buy this Book

This title is not eligible for UNC Press promotional pricing.

Every handbook of medieval German literature has stressed the importance of love's ennobling power as a motif in the Minnesang, yet prior to this volume no study had attempted to assess its significance on the basis of its actual occurrence. In this volume Stephen Kaplowitt scrutinizes the entire lyric production of Minnesänger from Der von Kürenberg to Walther von der Vogelweide, identifying and analyzing every example of the motif. He concludes that, although the motif is widespread, its significance has been considerably exaggerated.