Worms und Isenstein. Nibelungische Widersprüche als Kohärenzprinzip

Kropik, Cordula. (2019) Worms und Isenstein. Nibelungische Widersprüche als Kohärenzprinzip. In: Poetiken des Widerspruchs in vormoderner Erzählliteratur. Wiesbaden, pp. 91-115.

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The article describes the contradictory constellation of the Nibelungenlied as a result of a poetic reflection on heroic tradition. Beginning with the observation that the poet covers the occurrences in large parts of the narrative as if they hark back to disparate eyewitness accounts, I continue to enunciate this impression through the example of King Gunther’s bridal quest to Isenstein, which proves to be a highly complex narrative arrangement. This arrangement is, first of all, characterized by techniques of schematic composition and focalization generating two mutually distinct perspectives that can be seen as reflecting the opposing sides of Worms and Isenstein. Moreover, the arrangement is characterized by moments clearly inhering in another narrative, one that remains vague and a-perspective, and that constantly runs foul of the two perspectives. It interferes with the poet’s objective of visibility by marking the dark points of the narrated world, representing the unseen things and the unknown whereabouts, in short: what cannot be talked about. So, all in all, the Nibelungenlied can be seen as a narrative artefact that is coherent, though not in spite of, but, rather, because of its contradictory constellation, for coherence here arises out of cultural knowledge on the history-telling ‘Sage’.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften > Ehemalige Einheiten Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften > Germanistische Mediävistik und allg. Literaturwiss. (Kropik)
UniBasel Contributors:Kropik, Cordula
Item Type:Book Section, refereed
Book Section Subtype:Further Contribution in a Book
Publisher: Springer Fachmedien
Series Name:Contradiction Studies
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Book item
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