Water in Medieval Literature: An Ecocritical Reading (Ecocritical Theory and Practice) (Paperback)

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Ecocritical thinking has sensitized us more than ever before to the tremendous importance of water for human life, as it is richly reflected in the world of literature. The great relevance of water also in the Middle Ages might come as a surprise for many readers, but the evidence assembled here confirms that also medieval poets were keenly aware of the importance of water to sustain all life, to provide understanding of life's secrets, to mirror love, and to connect the individual with God. In eleven chapters major medieval European authors and their works are discussed here, taking us from the world of Old Norse to Irish and Latin literature, to German, French, English, and Italian romances and other narratives.

About the Author


Albrecht Classen is University Distinguished Professor of German Studies at the University of Arizona.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781498539869
ISBN-10: 1498539866
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication Date: May 31st, 2019
Pages: 358
Language: English
Series: Ecocritical Theory and Practice