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The game with tradition in dramatic work of Hrotsvit of Gandersheim

Aleksandra Araszkiewicz

Abstract

The dissertation concerns the analysis and interpretation of the dramatic work of Hrotsvit of Gandersheim, canoness who lived in the tenth century in Saxony, in the context of imitatio or aemulatio. Six dramas created approximately around 965, testify to the novelty of the author, at the same time conducting a dialogue with the tradition. Based on the analysis of texts, not only the knowledge of the theoretical theatre doctrine of the writer but also masterpieces of eminent artists of antiquity and early Middle Ages might be concluded. In her works, the influence of both Roman drama, represented mostly by Terence, as well as the Bible and scholastic works is noticed. The overriding aim of the dissertation was a multi-faceted look on at the studied texts and demonstrating the ability to connect the past with the present on many levels: structure, plot, language. The first part of the work contains considerations regarding the literary program of Hrotsvit and theatricality of her works, as well as comparison dramas with their hagiographic patterns. The second part focuses on the parallel of her texts with not only work of an ancient comedian but also with other ancient creators and early Middle Ages in terms of motifs. The third part focuses on the analysis of language, including: vocabulary, syntax, and the usage of rhetorical devices. The considerations were complemented by attempts to familiarize readers two historical works of Hrotsvit and reconstruct the model of educated woman who lived in the tenth century Studies have shown that Hrotsvit from Gandersheim used the resources widely and creatively modified them in line with aemulatio principle.
Record ID
UAMdd79862382f549d38d14e3aa040a5c82
Diploma type
Doctor of Philosophy
Author
Aleksandra Araszkiewicz Aleksandra Araszkiewicz,, Undefined Affiliation
Title in Polish
Gra z tradycją w dramatycznej twórczości Hroswity z Gandersheim
Title in English
The game with tradition in dramatic work of Hrotsvit of Gandersheim
Language
pol (pl) Polish
Certifying Unit
Faculty of Polish and Classical Philology (SNoJiL/WFPiK/FoPaCP)
Discipline
literary studies / (humanities) / (humanities)
Scientific discipline (2.0)
1.5 literary studies
Status
Finished
Defense Date
06-07-2018
Title date
06-07-2018
Supervisor
URL
http://hdl.handle.net/10593/23615 Opening in a new tab
Keywords in English
medieval, theatre, Christian drama
Abstract in English
The dissertation concerns the analysis and interpretation of the dramatic work of Hrotsvit of Gandersheim, canoness who lived in the tenth century in Saxony, in the context of imitatio or aemulatio. Six dramas created approximately around 965, testify to the novelty of the author, at the same time conducting a dialogue with the tradition. Based on the analysis of texts, not only the knowledge of the theoretical theatre doctrine of the writer but also masterpieces of eminent artists of antiquity and early Middle Ages might be concluded. In her works, the influence of both Roman drama, represented mostly by Terence, as well as the Bible and scholastic works is noticed. The overriding aim of the dissertation was a multi-faceted look on at the studied texts and demonstrating the ability to connect the past with the present on many levels: structure, plot, language. The first part of the work contains considerations regarding the literary program of Hrotsvit and theatricality of her works, as well as comparison dramas with their hagiographic patterns. The second part focuses on the parallel of her texts with not only work of an ancient comedian but also with other ancient creators and early Middle Ages in terms of motifs. The third part focuses on the analysis of language, including: vocabulary, syntax, and the usage of rhetorical devices. The considerations were complemented by attempts to familiarize readers two historical works of Hrotsvit and reconstruct the model of educated woman who lived in the tenth century Studies have shown that Hrotsvit from Gandersheim used the resources widely and creatively modified them in line with aemulatio principle.
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https://researchportal.amu.edu.pl/info/phd/UAMdd79862382f549d38d14e3aa040a5c82/
URN
urn:amu-prod:UAMdd79862382f549d38d14e3aa040a5c82

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