Editors: Dutton, Elisabeth; Rohde, Martin

Medieval theories of the creative act, Théories médiévales de l’acte créatif, Theorien des kreativen Akts im Mittelalter

Fribourg Colloquium 2015, Colloque Fribourgeois 2015, Freiburger Colloquium 2015

17.0 x 24.0 cm, 222 p., 1 illustrations b/w, 5 illustrations color, cloth
78,00 €

ISBN: 9783954902323
Table of Contents

Short Description

A set of studies that offers a global vision of the literary representations of the animal and plant world in the brief narratives of the Middle Ages (fable, example, proverb, lais, etc.). The volume focuses in particular on Spanish literature, but it also includes other Romance languages ​​and Latin literature.


This volume offers 16 contributions that study representations of the animal world and nature in short narratives of the Middle Ages. The volume aims to consider these two different and subsidiary fields of the medieval world in combination. It challenges the tendency, hitherto dominant, to study the animal world in isolated and focused forms, and the plant world as a simple grounding for narrative situations. By contrast, this volume focuses on the role played by animals and nature in the development of short narrative forms. How is the observation of nature combined in the various short forms? What was the collaboration of these elements in the evolution of these forms? What are the links and differences between the fable, the story that places animals in the foreground, and other literary forms that privilege nature? These are some of the questions that are answered in the various contributions. The main focus is Spanish literature, but the volume also contains reflections on other Romance languages. The Calila e Dimna, the Sindibad, the Conde Lucanor, the fables of Eudes de Chériton, the Decameron and the works of Chrétien de Troyes all appear in the pages of this book.

Biographical Note

Hugo O. Bizzarri, geboren 1956, ist ordentlicher Professor für spanische Philologie und Geschichte der Sprache an der Universität Freiburg/Schweiz. Er studierte an der Universität La Plata (Argentinien) und promovierte an der Universität von Buenos Aires. 2002 wurde er zunächst als assozierter und später als ordentlicher Professor an die Universität Freiburg/Schweiz berufen. Seine hauptsächlichen Forschungsinteressen sind die Textkritik, die Sammlungen von Sprichwörtern und Exempla des Mittelalters, die Fabel und die Parömiologie des Goldenen Zeitalters. Er hat 16 eigenständige Buchpublikationen und 145 Artikel verfasst. Unter seinen Publikationen lassen sich folgende in Auswahl zitieren: Cuentos latinos de la Edad Media (Gredos, 2006), les éditions Marqués de Santillana, Refranes que dizen las viejas tras el fuego (Reichenberger, 1995), Pseudo-Aristóteles, Secreto de los secretos (Valencia, 2010), Pero López de Ayala, Rimado de palacio (RAE, 2012), et ses études El refranero castellano en la Edad Media (Arcadia de las letras, 2004) et Diccionario de paremias cervantinas (Alcalá de Henares, 2015).


16th century, c 1500 to c 1599 (132) || European history (156) || European history: medieval period, middle ages (128) || Geistes- und Kulturgeschichte (6) || History (712) || Kulturgeschichte (13) || Medieval style (10) || Mittelalter (220) || Poetry (45)