Iwein Manuscripts

Start date: 01.01.2007
Funded by: Universität Augsburg
Local head of project: Prof. Dr. Freimut Löser
Local scientists: Dr. Helmut Graser


The oldest manuscript of the novel Iwein by Hartmann von Aue, i.e. the Giessen B handwriting which originated in the first half of the 13th century, served as a direct pattern for the Lindau u manuscript which is the latest Iwein manuscript preserved. This probably constitutes a unique circumstance in text tradition of courtly Middle High German poetry. The u manuscript ,which dates back to the first half of the 16th century and was possibly written at Augsburg, is unedited and has not yet received sufficient attention from Germanistic research. Under adoption-historical aspects this manuscript is of particular significance, since the specific constellation of tradition enables us to study, so to speak under ideal conditions, the manner in which an Early New High German copier dealt with a classic Middle High German text document. This, in turn, enables us to exercise profound criticism of the well-known retranslated editions in Middle High German which were written in Early High German and are contained in the Book of Heroes kept at Ambras (Ambraser Heldenbuch), for example. Therefore, a synopsis of both Iwein B and u manuscript is to be prepared in an edition which will be accompanied by a description of the manuscripts, a linguistic examination, a rhyme dictionary and a glossary.