The volume publishes the porceedings of the 19th Anglo-German Colloquium, held in Oxford. The contributions explore the phenomenon of interior space in medieval German literature. The focus on inner space unites two topical areas of cultural anthropology: space as a structural paradigm, and the focal differentiation between the categories of “inner” and “outer”. The literature of medieval Germany, in staging such interior space in a variety of ways, poses questions about difference, liminality, and transgression, and thus allows abstract concepts and processes to be articulated: in a culture otherwise dominated by that which is present and visible, inner space conveys notions of psychological, cosmological or textual order.
4th editor: Hans-Jochen Schiewer