Hrotsvit of Gandersheim: A Florilegium of her Works

Hrotsvit of Gandersheim: A Florilegium of her Works

by Katharina M. Wilson, Katharina Wilson


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Hrotsvit of Gandersheim (c.935 - c.975), almost certainly of noble Saxon parentage, was a canoness of the Saxon imperial abbey of Gandersheim, living and working there during its time of greatest material prosperity and cultural and intellectual pre-eminence. Her importance cannot be overestimated: she is the first poet of Saxony; the first known dramatist of Christianity (indeed the first known woman dramatist of any time); and a woman displaying erudition and wit in an essentially patriarchal age, a female author in a literary field dominated by men who insisted on re-evaluating and redrawing the literary depiction of women. Discovered in the late fifteenth century, her extraordinary oeuvre, written in medieval Latin, comprises a wide variety of genres: eight legends, six dramas, and two epics, organised into three books.
The present volume contains a selection of Hrotsvit's works in Englishtranslation, together with an interpretative essay, critical introduction, and scholarly apparatus.
Professor KATHARINA WILSONteaches at the University of Georgia.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780859914895
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 02/18/2000
Series: Library of Medieval Women Series
Pages: 136
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.30(d)

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