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Classen, Albrecht

Overview
Works: 320 works in 1,088 publications in 3 languages and 40,049 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Bibliographies  Biographies  Sources  Handbooks and manuals  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Editor, Author, Translator, Contributor, Other, htt, Photographer, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Author of introduction, edi
Classifications: HQ767.87, 809.93354
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Most widely held works by Albrecht Classen
Sexuality in the Middle Ages and the early modern times : new approaches to a fundamental cultural-historical and literary-anthropological theme( )

16 editions published in 2008 in English and German and held by 1,676 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The studies in this volume explore the phenomenon of sexuality in a variety of medieval and early-modern literatures, including Old English texts, Middle-High German narratives, medieval Spanish and early-modern French literature, and also eighteenth-century English novels. Art historians, historians, and social historians contribute as much as researchers of the history of mentality and religion. The problem with sexuality within the medieval Church finds extensive consideration, and so the fundamental debate among modern sociologists and anthropoligists regarding the evaluation of sexuality, shame, and ethical norms as indicators of the process of civilization (or its myth)
Urban space in the middle ages and the early modern age( )

16 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,617 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The contributors to this new volume explore the wide gamut of characteristic features determining the rise of the city as a central living space since the high Middle Ages, and extend the investigation up to the eighteenth century. Historians, literary historians, and art historians reflect upon the meaning of urban space as it evolved since ca. 1200, offering new case studies, exploring specific approaches by artists and poets, and investigating how the various social classes interacted with each other within the city over time. Gender issues and legal aspects play as important roles as economy
Laughter in the Middle Ages and early modern times : epistemology of a fundamental human behavior, its meaning, and consequences( )

15 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,580 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Despite popular opinions of the dark Middle Ages and a gloomy early modern age, many people laughed, smiled, giggled, chuckled, entertained and ridiculed each other. This volume demonstrates how important laughter had been at times and how diverse the situations proved to be in which people laughed, and this from late antiquity to the eighteenth century. The contributions examine a wide gamut of significant cases of laughter in literary texts, historical documents, and art works where laughter determined the relationship among people. In fact, laughter emerges as a kaleidoscopic phenomenon reflecting divine joy, bitter hatred and contempt, satirical perspectives and parodic intentions. In some examples protagonists laughed out of sheer happiness and delight, in others because they felt anxiety and insecurity. It is much more difficult to detect premodern sculptures of laughing figures, but they also existed. Laughter reflected a variety of concerns, interests, and intentions, and the collective approach in this volume to laughter in the past opens many new windows to the history of mentality, social and religious conditions, gender relationships, and power structures
Sexual violence and rape in the Middle Ages : critical discourse in premodern German and European literature by Albrecht Classen( )

17 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1,545 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Handbook of medieval studies : terms, methods, trends by Albrecht Classen( )

29 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,518 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This interdisciplinary handbook provides extensive information about research in medieval studies and its most important results over the last decades. The handbook is a reference work which enables the readers to quickly and purposely gain insight into the important research discussions and to inform themselves about the current status of research in the field. The handbook consists of four parts. The first, large section offers articles on all of the main disciplines and discussions of the field. The second section presents articles on the key concepts of modern medieval studies and the debates therein. The third section is a lexicon of the most important text genres of the Middle Ages. The fourth section provides an international bio-bibliographical lexicon of the most prominent medievalists in all disciplines. A comprehensive bibliography rounds off the compendium. The result is a reference work which exhaustively documents the current status of research in medieval studies and brings the disciplines and experts of the field together
Meeting the foreign in the Middle Ages by Albrecht Classen( )

20 editions published between 2002 and 2016 in English and held by 1,468 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collectoion brings together an outstanding group of historical, cultural, and literary scholars to investigate the complicated, nuanced, and often surprising union and desire and dread associated with the figure of the foreign Other in the Middle Ages--represented variously by Muslims, Jews, heretics, pagans, homosexuals, lepers, monsters, and witches. Exploring the diverse manifestations of the foreign in medieval literature, historical documents, religous treatises, and art, these essays mine the traces of unprecedented
The power of a woman's voice in medieval and early modern literatures : new approaches to German and European women writers and to violence against women in premodern times by Albrecht Classen( )

19 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 1,353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biographical note: Albrecht Classen, University of Arizona, USA
Old age in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance : interdisciplinary approaches to a neglected topic( )

20 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and Spanish and held by 1,333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Review text: "A collection of this nature is more than the sum of its parts. The closely argued and detailed evidence of each contribution provides stimulating cross-currents, carefully marshalled by the Introduction to give a valuable resource for further work on Old Age Studies."Rosalind Field in: Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 2/2009 "This is a stimulating and often fascinating assembly of viewpoints and material that will justly elicit and provoke further research and reflection."Robert G. Sullivan in: Monatshefte 4/2008
East meets West in the Middle Ages and early modern times : transcultural experiences in the premodern world( )

10 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 1,315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This new volume explores the surprisingly intense and complex relationships between East and West during the Middle Ages and the early modern world, combining a large number of critical studies representing such diverse fields as literary (German, French, Italian, English, Spanish, and Arabic) and other subdisciplines of history, religion, anthropology, and linguistics. The differences between Islam and Christianity erected strong barriers separating two global cultures, but, as this volume indicates, despite many attempts to 'Other' the opposing side, the premodern world experienced an astonishing degree of contacts, meetings, exchanges, and influences. Scientists, travelers, authors, medical researchers, chroniclers, diplomats, and merchants criss-crossed the East and the West, or studied the sources produced by the other culture for many different reasons. As much as the theoretical concept of 'Orientalism' has been useful in sensitizing us to the fundamental tensions and conflicts separating both worlds at least since the eighteenth century, the premodern world did not quite yet operate in such an ideological framework. Even though the Crusades had violently pitted Christians against Muslims, there were countless contacts and a palpitable curiosity on both sides both before, during, and after those religious warfares"--Publisher's website
Rural space in the Middle Ages and early modern age : the spatial turn in premodern studies( )

14 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 1,300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Older research on the premodern world limited its focus on the Church, the court, and, more recently, on urban space. The present volume invites readers to consider the meaning of rural space, both in light of ecocritical readings and social-historical approaches. While previous scholars examined the figure of the peasant in the premodern world, the current volume combines a large number of specialized studies that investigate how the natural environment and the appearance of members of the rural population interacted with the world of the court and of the city. The experience in rural space was important already for writers and artists in the premodern era, as the large variety of scholarly approaches indicates. The present volume signals how much the surprisingly close interaction between members of the aristocratic and of the peasant class determined many literary and art-historical works. In a surprisingly large number of cases we can even discover elements of utopia hidden in rural space. We also observe how much the rural world was a significant element already in early-medieval mentality. Moreover, as many authors point out, the impact of natural forces on premodern society was tremendous, if not catastrophic."--Publisher's website
Crime and punishment in the Middle Ages and early modern age : mental-historical investigations of basic human problems and social responses( )

13 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 1,300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Norms, rules, and laws have determined the interaction of people throughout time, and yet transgressions have always occurred. Crime and subsequent punishments are fundamental issues identifying every society. The articles in this volume study medieval laws and documents reflecting on vices, crimes, and wrongdoings and thus give a profound analysis of the premodern world in its development in social, economic, legal, moral, and ethical terms. Albrecht Classen, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA;Connie Scarborough, Texas Tech University, Dallas, USA
Paracelsus im Kontext der Wissenschaften seiner Zeit : Kultur- und mentalitätsgeschichtliche Annäherungen by Albrecht Classen( )

10 editions published in 2010 in German and held by 1,234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Mental Health, Spirituality, and Religion in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Age( )

11 editions published in 2014 in English and German and held by 1,154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Understanding mental health from a religious, literary, and philosophical point?of?view represents a critical component in current research on alternative approaches to well?being, spiritually and physically. This volume contains a selection of papers drawn from a conference at The University of Arizona in May 2013 addressing all these issues from a variety of perspectives, inviting us to consider them especially through a historical lens
Multilingualism in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Age : communication and miscommunication in the premodern world by Albrecht Classen( )

12 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 1,128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Languages belong to the fundamentals of human existence, and many more times than we might assume people actually speak two or more languages. Studying bi- and multilingualism in the Middle Ages and beyond sheds important light on basic sociolinguistic structures determining everyday life and culture in the premodern world. The question of linguistic competence addresses inter-cultural, intra-social, and also inter-gender issues
Bodily and spiritual hygiene in medieval and early modern literature : explorations of textual presentations of filth and water by International Symposium on Medieval and Early Modern Studies( )

11 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 1,092 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"While most people today take hygiene and medicine for granted, they both have had their own history. We can gain deep insights into the pre-modern world by studying its health-care system, its approaches to medicine, and concept of hygiene. Already the early Middle Ages witnessed great interest in bathing (hot and cold), swimming, and good personal hygiene. Medical activities grew over time, but even early medieval monks were already great experts in treating the sick. The contributions examine literary, medical, historical texts and images and probe the information we can glean from them. The interdisciplinary approach of this volume makes it possible to view this large field in a complex and diversified manner, taking into account both early medieval and early modern treatises on medicine, water, bathing, and health. Such a cultural-historical perspective creates a most valuable bridge connecting literary and scientific documents under the umbrella of the history of mentality and history of everyday life. The volume does not aim at idealizing the past, but it definitely intends to deconstruct modern myths about the 'dirty' and 'unhealthy' Middle Ages and early modern age"--Provided by publisher
Handbook of medieval culture : fundamental aspects and conditions of the European middle ages by Albrecht Classen( )

11 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 1,076 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A follow-up publication to the 'Handbook of Medieval Studies', this new reference work turns to a different focus: medieval culture. The topics covered in this book pertain to issues such as love and marriage, belief in God, hell, and the devil, education, lordship and servitude, Christianity versus Judaism and Islam, health, medicine, the rural world, the rise of the urban class, travel, roads and bridges, entertainment, games, and sport activities, numbers, measuring, the education system, the papacy, saints, the senses, death, and money." -- Provided by publisher
Violence in medieval courtly literature : a casebook( )

13 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and held by 1,071 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although courtly literature is often associated with a chivalrous and idyllic life, the fifteen original essays in this collection demonstrate that the quest for love in the world of medieval courtly literature was underpinned by violence. Lovers were rejected, mistrust ruled, rape was a rampant problem, and marriage was often characterized by brutality. Albrecht Classen brings together an outstanding group of historical, cultural, and literary scholars in this volume to investigate the complicated, nuanced, and often surprising unions of love and violence in courtly medieval literature
Childhood in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance : the results of a paradigm shift in the history of mentality by Albrecht Classen( )

20 editions published between 2005 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,026 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Review text: " ... this is an anthology of substantial weight."Daniel T. Kline in: http://www.h-net.org/reviews10/2008 In short, this volume will certainly become an important reference for research on childhood and its perception in medieval and early modern society."Steven Vanderputten in: Mediaevistik 20/2007
Handbook of medieval culture fundamental aspects and conditions of the European Middle Ages( )

21 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 921 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a follow-up publication to the Handbook of Medieval Studies, this new reference work turns to a different focus: medieval culture. Medieval research has grown tremendously in depth and breadth over the last decades. Particularly our understanding of medieval culture, of the basic living conditions, and the specific value system prevalent at that time has considerably expanded, to a point where we are in danger of no longer seeing the proverbial forest for the trees. The present, innovative handbook offers compact articles on essential topics, ideals, specific knowledge, and concepts defining the medieval world as comprehensively as possible. The topics covered in this new handbook pertain to issues such as love and marriage, belief in God, hell, and the devil, education, lordship and servitude, Christianity versus Judaism and Islam, health, medicine, the rural world, the rise of the urban class, travel, roads and bridges, entertainment, games, and sport activities, numbers, measuring, the education system, the papacy, saints, the senses, death, and money
HANDBOOK OF MEDIEVAL CULTURE by Albrecht Classen( )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 816 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Urban space in the middle ages and the early modern age
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Urban space in the middle ages and the early modern ageLaughter in the Middle Ages and early modern times : epistemology of a fundamental human behavior, its meaning, and consequencesHandbook of medieval studies : terms, methods, trendsMeeting the foreign in the Middle AgesThe power of a woman's voice in medieval and early modern literatures : new approaches to German and European women writers and to violence against women in premodern timesOld age in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance : interdisciplinary approaches to a neglected topicParacelsus im Kontext der Wissenschaften seiner Zeit : Kultur- und mentalitätsgeschichtliche AnnäherungenViolence in medieval courtly literature : a casebookChildhood in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance : the results of a paradigm shift in the history of mentality
Alternative Names
Albrecht Classen deutscher Germanist und Mediävist

Albrecht Classen mediëvist

Classen, A. 1956-

Classen, Albrecht

Languages
English (286)

German (12)

Spanish (1)