Memory-induced variants Textual Change in Heroic Epics: the `Nibelungenlied'-Manuscripts B and C and the `Wiener' and `Heidelberger Virginal'

Autor(en): Haferland, Harald 
Stichwörter: Literature; Literature, German, Dutch, Scandinavian; memory text; memory variants; misattribution of speech; mishearings of words (mondegreens); misrememberings of phrases and stanzas
Erscheinungsdatum: 2019
Herausgeber: S HIRZEL VERLAG
Journal: ZEITSCHRIFT FUR DEUTSCHES ALTERTUM UND DEUTSCHE LITERATUR
Volumen: 148
Ausgabe: 4
Startseite: 453
Seitenende: 508
Zusammenfassung: 
Textual criticism has not arrived at a thorough understanding of textual variants in the manuscript transmission of the `Nibelungenlied. A considerable number of variants has remained without explanation. The paper therefore suggests and develops a fundamentally different scenario of their emergence, i.e. as a result of reproducing the text from memory. Certain types of variants indicate this process: mishearings of words (mondegreens), misrememberings of phrases and stanzas, misattribution of speech, displacement of textual segments. Since medieval heroic epics are designed for recitation from memory, the `Virginal' is used for comparison. The conclusion is that the C-version of the `Nibelungenlied' is also a text reproduced from memory.
ISSN: 00442518
DOI: 10.3813/ZFDA-2019-0017

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