Modern literature has been treated using a variety of different methods and no one would question the necessity of methodic approach. With regard to medieval literature, the subject of
Lesarten, this seems to be less obvious.
The main thesis of
Lesarten is, however, that methodological explicity plays an even bigger role in the study of medieval texts because here we are investigating a distant culture whose native readers we cannot interview.
Lesarten is a collection of papers by American, Canadian and Swiss scholars on semiotic, pragmatic, post-structuralist, psychoanalytic, feminist and new historicist ways to read texts including
Parzival, Sir Launfal, Le Roman de la Rose, as well as poems by Guillaume d'Aquitaine or Oswald von Wolkenstein.