Abschlussschwäche? Die closure des höfischen Romans zwischen Mediengeschichte und Kulturpoetik

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  • 1 Department Germanistik und Komparatistik, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen, Deutschland

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The article deals with the closure of the, mostly Middle High German, courtly romance, taking as primary example Heinrich von Veldeke’s Eneide. ‘Courtly closure’ is defined as a slow and tenacious fading of narrative progression, by means of gradually transforming this progression into a virtually static state, namely, the description of an enduring courtly feast. It is argued that this way of bringing a romance or a novel to its end – unusual in the course of European literary history – is motivated by several factors. Amongst these, special attention is paid to media history (episodic narration, recital) and to cultural poetics (didactic qualities of the courtly romance).