Eilhart von Oberge Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)


Haug, Walter. “Reinterpreting the Tristan Romances of Thomas and Gotfrid: Implications of a Recent Discovery.” Arthuriana 7, no. 3 (fall 1997): 45-59.

Argues that the discovery of the so-called Carlisle Fragment of Thomas of Britain's poem Tristan calls for a scholarly reappraisal of the relationship between the principal post-Eilhart versions of the Tristan story.

Henning, John. “Irish Saints in Early German Literature.” Speculum: A Journal of Mediaeval Studies 22, no. 3 (July 1947): 358-74.

Considers the Tristan tradition as it highlights developments in continental European perceptions of Ireland during the medieval period.

McDonald, William C. “Character Portrayal in Eilhart's Tristant.Tristania 9, no 1–2 (autumn-spring 1983–84): 25–39.

Seeks to evaluate Tristant on its own merits, examining the poem's style, genre, and characterization.

———. “King Mark, the Holy Penitent: On a Neglected Motif in the Eilhart Literary Tradition.” Zeitschrift für Deutsches Altertum and Deutsche Literatur 120 (1991): 393–418.

Discusses King Mark as a complex figure, arguing that Eilhart's subtle characterization prevents him from coming across as a stereotypical villain.

Schoepperle, Gertrude. Tristan and Isolt: A Study of the Sources of the Romances, New York: Burt Franklin, 1960, 266 p.

Influential study of sources and the manuscript tradition. Includes a detailed prose outline of Eilhart's Tristant.

Schultz, James A. “Why Do Tristan and Isolde Leave for the Woods? Narrative Motivation and Narrative Coherence in Eilhart von Oberg and Gottfried von Strassburg.” MLN 102, no. 3 (April 1987): 586-607.

Contrasts techniques of narrative motivation employed in Eilhart's Tristant and Gottfried's Tristan, characterizing the former as generally “reticent, actional, and open,” the latter as “abundant, durative, and closed.”

Thomas, Neil. “The Minnegrotte: Shrine of Love or Fools' Paradise? Thomas, Gottfried and the European Development of The Tristan Legend.” Trivium 23 (summer 1988): 89-106.

Discusses the possible use of Eilhart's Tristant and other sources by the subsequent major authors of the Tristan tradition, Thomas and Gottfried.

Additional coverage of Eilhart's life and career is contained in the following source published by the Gale Group: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 148.