Date of Degree
MA (Master of Arts)
First Committee Member
Second Committee Member
This thesis examines the treatment of real and fictitious Eastern cultures in three works of German medieval literature: "Herzog Ernst", Wolfram von Eschenbach's "Parzival", and Otto von Diemeringen's version of "The Travel's of Sir John Mandeville". Using Edward Said's "Orientalism" as a framework for examining these narratives, this paper determines that each text's protagonists use chivalric, religious, and racial aspects of medieval culture as a lens to judge foreign cultures.
iii, 53 pages
Includes bibliographical references (pages 51-53).
Copyright 2011 Carl Roland Follmer
Follmer, Carl Roland. "Finding the familiar in the foreign: Saracens, monsters, and medieval German literature." MA (Master of Arts) thesis, University of Iowa, 2011.