Old Age in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance: Interdisciplinary Approaches to a Neglected Topic

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Albrecht Classen
Walter de Gruyter, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 575 pages
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After an extensive introduction that takes stock of the relevant research literature on Old Age in the Middle Ages and the early modern age, the contributors discuss the phenomenon of old age in many different fields of late antique, medieval, and early modern literature, history, and art history. Both Beowulf and the Hildebrandslied, both Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzival and Titurel, both the figure of Merlin and the trans-European tradition of Perceval/Peredur/Parzival, then the figure of the vetula in a variety of medieval French, English, and Spanish texts, and of the Old Man in The Stricker's Daniel, both the treatment of old age in Langland's Piers the Plowman and in Jean Gerson's sermons are dealt with. Other aspects involve late-antique epistolary literature, early modern French farce in light of Disability Studies, the social role of old, impotent men in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Netherlandish paintings, and the scientific discourse of old age and health since the 1500s. The discourse of Old Age proves to have been of central importance throughout the ages, so the critical examination of the issues involved sheds intriguing light on the cultural history from late antiquity to the seventeenth century.

 

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Contents

Albrecht Classen
1
Anne Berthelot
66
Cristina Sogno
85
L Rothauser
103
Carver
121
Juanita Feros Ruys
171
Rasma LazdaCazers
201
Old Age in the World of The Stricker
219
Marilyn Sandidge
357
Harry Peters
375
Daniel F Pigg
393
Scott Taylor
407
Sarah Gordon
421
Anouk Janssen
437
Martha Peacock
485
Sophie Bostock
517

Merlin puer senex par excellenc
251
Gretchen Mieszkowski
299
the Figure of the Old Woman in Old French Literature
321
Scarborough
343
Allison P Coudert
533
Contributors
557
List of Illustrations
573
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Albrecht Classen, University ofArizona, Tucson, USA.

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