Wednesday, April 22, 2009
New Videocast: The Gendered Identity of Siegfried in the Nibelungenlied
In this podcast I talk about the character of Siegfried in the German narrative of the Middle Ages Das Nibelungenlied.
Some of the questions I tackle are:
-Just what is the price the exceptional Siegfried has to pay for his uniqueness?
-What does it mean to be homosocial in the Middle Ages?
-Why did Siegfried have a hard time attracting genuine friends when it was after all common for fellow brothers-in-arms to socialize and befriend people of similar skill and background?
An understanding of the Nibelungenlied as well as Literary and Gender Theory is helpful but not a necessity.
You can watch this videocast here.
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