"The Motif Index of German Secular Narratives" not only provides a complete catalogue of all the occurrences in each individual work of medieval literature of widespread narrative patterns, but also provides a sophisticated system of indexing and ...
referencing to make it possible to access and research the individual motifs across different works. Volumes 1 to 5 present genre-based catalogues of motifs arranged by work in alphabetical order: "Matiere de Bretagne" Part 1; "Matiere de Bretagne" Part 2; "Oriental and Miscellaneous Romances/Chansons de Geste"; "Heroic Epic/Maere and Novellas"; and "Romances of Antiquity". For each passage relevant to the history of a motif a concise paraphrase of the content is given, together with the relevant Thompson classification. Volume 6 provides three valuable indexes: a central index of motifs using Thompson's classification system, which enables the reader to identify all relevant textual occurrences at a glance; an index of all key-words belonging to the naming of a particular motif; and an index of all names quoted. Volume 6 is accompanied by a CD-ROM which greatly enhances the search potential of the work.
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