Nibelungenlied | Criticism

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This literature criticism consists of approximately 24 pages of analysis & critique of Nibelungenlied.
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SOURCE: “Hagen: A Negative View,” Semasia, Vol. 2, 1975, pp. 43-59.

In the following essay, Dickerson argues against viewing Hagen as heroic, contending instead that he should be regarded as an evil character.

Much progress has been made in recent years toward a modern and comprehensive view of the Nibelungenlied. The pioneering studies of D. W. Mowatt,1 Hugh Sacker2 and Hugo Bekkar3—to choose only three—have suggested new solutions to the problem of the work's inconsistencies which up to now have either been left unexplained or attributed to the “postulate” that the poet was courtly but his subject matter was not.4 The new discoveries that the poem deals with entire social groups rather than individuals,5 that it depicts a world fragmented by the intrusion of foreign elements,6 that irony7 and “self-referential patterns”8 play an important role in structure have made it possible to view these inconsistencies in a new...

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