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Islands and Cities in Medieval Myth, Literature, and History

Papers Delivered at the International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, in 2005, 2006, and 2007


Andrea Grafetstätter, Sieglinde Hartmann and James Ogier

The ‘spatial turn’ in recent discussions about the relevance of ‘space’ and ‘place’ in medieval literature inspired the editors to transcend the boundaries of Europe and extend their investigation to Pre-Columbian America and the Far East. The results are surprising. Since cultures across the world associated both islands and walled cities with notions of paradise, the investigations reveal striking commonalities, e.g., between Dante’s Island of the Purgatorio and the island of Japan. In addition, several contributions outline visitor’s reactions to and influence on medieval cities with similar results (Kyoto, Paris, Nuremberg). Thus the combination of interspatial approaches opens up unusual perspectives on bounded space (whether by walls or by water) in world literatures and history.
Contents: James Ogier: Islands and Skylands: An Eddic Geography – Sieglinde Hartmann: Insular Myths in the Nibelungenlied: Was Siegfried Slain on an Island? – Jarosław Wenta: Holy Islands and Their Christianization in Medieval Prussia – Patrizia Mazzadi: Dante and the Island of Purgatory – Maria E. Dorninger: The Island of Cyprus in Travel Literature of the Fourteenth Century – James Ogier: Insulae: Myths, Mujeres, and Mexico – Yuko Tagaya: Far Eastern Islands and Their Myths: Japan – Yuko Tagaya: Kyoto in Myth and Literature – Sieglinde Hartmann: A Medieval Poet’s Sense of Humour: Oswald von Wolkenstein and Emperor Sigismund in Paris – Andrea Grafetstätter: Foreign Culture in a Foreign Town. The Nuremberg Poet Jakob Ayrer and the Reception of Sixteenth-Century English Comedy Plays in Germany – Jacek Kowzan: Heavenly Jerusalem as a locus amoenus in Medieval and Early Modern Polish Literature.