Dancing with the hangman : symbol, myth and ritual in the medieval German legend, the Schelmensage

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Chidester, David en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Klein, Marie Bastienne en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2014-10-03T12:51:21Z
dc.date.available 2014-10-03T12:51:21Z
dc.date.issued 2005 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Klein, M. 2005. Dancing with the hangman : symbol, myth and ritual in the medieval German legend, the Schelmensage. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/8050
dc.description.abstract Dancing with the hangman is an investigation into the medieval German legend known as the Schelmensage, which has its location in Bergen-Enkheim in Frankfurt, Germany - the town where I was born. It is a legend that concerns the manner in which a hangman became knighted by the emperor Barbarossa. I received the legend from my mother. My initial research question was to find out why the legend was being told for over a period of 900 years. The thesis investigation reveals the legend to be a German trickster myth, achieving this analysis using various theories to define it as myth. The work of Paul Ricoeur on mimesis, is cast in an arc of the prefigured world of action, the act of configuration and the ability of a person to reconfigure a situation or a life, which is applied so as to understand the structures which underlie the legend's meaning. Regarding the word Schelm as the symbolic core of this legend the thesis analyses this symbolism through its etymology, a structural analysis of its five different versions and its ritual performance in the play, Der Schelm von Bergen. The thesis considers the impact of being personally involved with the subject matter. The analysis is woven with personal episodes and this is defended as a reflexive methodolgy. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.title Dancing with the hangman : symbol, myth and ritual in the medieval German legend, the Schelmensage en_ZA
dc.type Thesis / Dissertation en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Religious Studies en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationname MA en_ZA
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