New publication: Albrecht Classen, ed. & trans., “The Poems of Oswald von Wolkenstein”

The Poems of Oswald von Wolkenstein: An English Translation of the Complete Works(1376/77-1445)
Palgrave Macmillan

This book offers the first complete English translation of the poems by the late-medieval German (Tyrolean)
Oswald von Wolkenstein (1376/1377-1445). Oswald von Wolkenstein was one of the leading poets of his
time and created some of the most exciting, experimental, and also deeply religious-conservative poetry of the entire Middle Ages and far beyond. German scholarship and musicologists have long recognized the
extraordinary strength and power of Oswald’s Middle High German songs, both in terms of his poetic imagery and his musical performance. This book proves Oswald’s œuvre to be one of the most idiosyncratic and individualistic in the entire late Middle Ages. Classen reveals how Oswald continued the medieval tradition, yet was a true innovator, exploring new attitudes toward love, sexuality, travel, war, politics, language, music, and, above all, his own individuality.

“Classen’s translations of Oswald von Wolkenstein’s poems offer a critically grounded yet highly readable introduction to the poet’s impressive body of work, which ranges from the devoutly spiritual to the bawdily profane. In so doing, the translations offer general readers an excellent insight into the broad thematic spectrum of medieval lyric poetry, and into the character of a knight whom many consider to be the greatest German-language lyric poet of the later Middle Ages.”
–Siegfried Christoph, Professor of German, Modern Languages Department, University of Wisconsin-Parkside

“In the last forty years or so medieval German scholarship has experienced a profound paradigm shift, re-discovering some of the most important voices in fifteenth-century literature, such as Hugo von Montfort, Michel Beheim, the Monk of Salzburg, Hans Rosenplüt, and, above all, Oswald von Wolkenstein. Classen, an esteemed medievalist with an impeccable reputation, here offers the first complete translation of Oswald’s songs into English. He has worked on this poet for more than two decades and can be regarded as one of the foremost experts on Oswald’s work. This translation is a significant contribution that will greatly further teaching and scholarship of late-medieval German literature in the English speaking world.”
–William C. McDonald, Professor, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures University of Virginia

Albrecht Classen is University Distinguished Professor of German Studies at the University of Arizona. He is the author of nearly fifty books, including The Medieval Chastity Belt. In 2004 he was awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz am Band (Order of Merit), the highest award given to a civilian by the government of the Federal Republic of Germany, in recognition of his contributions to the teaching and support of German culture, language, and literature. In 2008, the University of Arizona awarded him with the Henry and Phyllis Koffler Award, its highest award for research.

New Middle Ages
268 pp. / 0-230-60985-6 / $84.95 cl.

Professor Classen passes on a handy order form (with discount):

Would you please allow me to forward this flyer to you […] certainly one of the best late-medieval poets?  Could you ask your library to purchase a copy, or consider the book for course adoption? You know how hard it is to sell academic books, so your support would be much appreciated.


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