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Knowledge, Hybridity, and the King of the Crane-Heads

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Herzog Ernst B, Herzog Ernst G, and the Forchheim Crane-Head

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This article discusses the fabulous crane-heads as they appear in medieval German narrative and pictorial art. The comparative analysis focuses on their literary depiction in Herzog Ernst B and Herzog Ernst G, as well as the crane-head painted onto a wall of the so-called ‘Kaiserpfalz’ in Forchheim in Oberfranken. The aim of this essay is to illustrate that the hybrid monstrosity of these fabulous creatures serves as a discursive node at which a number of transcultural concerns come to the fore. Thus, it attempts to show knowledge in motion, both on the level of the migration of narrative material and motifs and on the level of depictions of Otherness.

Affiliations: 1: University of Toronto, Canada,


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