Storms, shipwrecks, and life-changing experiences in late medieval German literature: From Oswald von Wolkenstein to emperor Maximilian

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While the experience of shipwreck can almost be called archetypal, and while poets throughout time have placed their protagonists in such dangerous and life-threatening situations, we do not know much about how late-medieval German writers reflected on it. This article examines the motif of shipwreck and personal disaster in a number of heretofore little considered works, especially the poems by Oswald von Wolkenstein, those by Michel Beheim, Heinrich von Neustadt's 'Apollonius', and Emperor Maximilian's 'Theuerdank'.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)212-228
Number of pages17
JournalOxford German Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2014



  • 'Apollonius'
  • Emperor Maximilian
  • Heinrich von Neustadt
  • Late medieval German literature
  • Michel Beheim
  • Oswald von Wolkenstein
  • Shipwreck

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Literature and Literary Theory
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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