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07 January, 2016

Writing on Lodemann's Neo-Nibelungs

I have been meaning to contribute something to the wonderful postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies for some time. It seems now that my short piece on Jürgen Lodemann's postmodern retelling of the high medieval Song of the Nibelungs (Siegfried und Krimhild, 2002) will be forthcoming in the special cluster of essays in issue 7.2 (2016) entitled Writ Large: History, Fiction, and the Humanities, ed by Bruce Holsinger (Virginia) and Stephanie Trigg (Melbourne). Lodemann's various continuist strategies (etymology; neologism; toponymy; typography; mélange of narrative and scholarly commentary) suggest that Germany’s calamitous political history during the late nineteenth and first half of the twentieth century is prefigured by the actions and decisions situated in the medieval epic. The piece was great fun to write, and I look forward to reading the other essays in the cluster.