Water in Medieval Culture. Uses, Perceptions, and Symbolism

Huber-Rebenich, Gerlinde; Rohr, Christian; Stolz, Michael (eds.) (2017). Water in Medieval Culture. Uses, Perceptions, and Symbolism. Das Mittelalter. Perspektiven mediävistischer Forschung, Beihefte: Vol. 4. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter

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Water is life. Individual organisms, social formations, and cultural achievements all depend on water. It is used in both pragmatic and symbolic contexts. Being a life-sustaining as well as a destructive force, water connects and divides, absolves and dissolves. Society as a whole and individual institutions alike need to engage with, and adapt to, these ambivalent aspects of water. As a natural element, water provokes cultural reactions in regard to its utilisation, evaluation, and symbolism. The different functions water fulfils in the natural world are also addressed and negotiated in literature and the visual arts. This article provides a short introduction into the main research questions of the interdisciplinary conference of the “Mediävistenverband e.V.” held in Bern, Switzerland in March 2015, it gives a concise overview on previous publications in this field and it summarizes the findings of the overall volume.

Item Type:

Book (Edited Volume)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of History and Archaeology > Institute of History
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of Germanic Languages
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of Classical Philology
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of History and Archaeology > Institute of History > Economic, Social and Environmental History

UniBE Contributor:

Huber-Rebenich, Gerlinde; Rohr, Christian and Stolz, Michael

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 180 Ancient, medieval & eastern philosophy
400 Language
400 Language > 430 German & related languages
400 Language > 440 French & related languages
400 Language > 470 Latin & Italic languages
800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism
800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism > 830 German & related literatures
900 History

ISBN:

978-3-11-044286-1

Series:

Das Mittelalter. Perspektiven mediävistischer Forschung, Beihefte

Publisher:

De Gruyter

Language:

German

Submitter:

Christian Rohr

Date Deposited:

14 Aug 2017 14:51

Last Modified:

15 Aug 2017 09:24

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Mittelalter, Wasser - Schifffahrt, Wasser - Literatur, Wasser - Kunst

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/98477

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