The sartorial monsters of Herzog Ernst

Strickland, D.H. (2010) The sartorial monsters of Herzog Ernst. Different Visions: A Journal of New Perspectives on Medieval Art, 2, pp. 130-164.

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Loss of life is the usual outcome when men and monsters meet. Critics have argued that across medieval art and literature, monsters function as negative signifiers of either external or internal enemies to be averted or destroyed, but not brought back home to Mother. Yet this is exactly what happens in Herzog Ernst, a German epic romance that transgresses conventional medieval boundaries of East and West, enemy and ally, Self and Other.1 In this spirited tale of honor, conquest, and crusade, it is true that exotic Eastern monsters frequently face off with Western knights. But while many monsters are murdered, others become friends, and a privileged few accompany the Duke back to Bavaria to begin a new life in the imperial court.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Strickland, Professor Debra
Authors: Strickland, D.H.
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > History of Art
Journal Name:Different Visions: A Journal of New Perspectives on Medieval Art

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