Joachim Bumke

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Joachim Bumke (born March 31, 1929 in Berlin ; † October 4, 2011 ibid) was a German Germanist and Medievalist .


Joachim Bumke, born in Berlin in 1929, was by studying German from 1947 to 1953 at the University of Heidelberg with a thesis about Wernher von Elmendorf Dr. phil. PhD. He was then to 1957 research assistant in Heidelberg, where he joined in 1958 with the work of tungsten Willehalm: studies Epenstruktur and sanctity term of outgoing heyday habilitated .

From 1961 to 1962 Bumke was an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University ( USA ), in 1962 he was appointed professor at Harvard University , where he taught until 1965. From 1965 to 1969 Bumke was a full professor at the Free University of Berlin , then until his retirement in 1994 a full professor at the University of Cologne . At the same time he was one of the directors of the Institute for German Language and Literature at the university. Since 1989 he was a member of the Academia Europaea . Successor to Bumke's chair for older German language and literature was his student Ursula Peters . Bumke was primarily concerned with the historical and cultural foundations of medieval literature.

He died on October 4, 2011 at the age of 82 in Berlin.

Fonts (selection)

  • Wolfram's Willehalm. Studies on the structure of epics and the concept of holiness of the late heyday. Winter, Heidelberg 1959 (at the same time: Heidelberg, University, habilitation paper, 1959).
  • Wolfram von Eschenbach (= Metzler Collection. Reality books for Germanists. Department D: History of literature. Vol. 36). Metzler, Stuttgart 1964 (8th, completely revised edition, ibid 2004, ISBN 3-476-18036-0 ).
  • Romance-German literary relations in the Middle Ages. An overview. Winter, Heidelberg 1967.
  • Wolfram von Eschenbach research since 1945. Report and bibliography. = Wolfram von Eschenbach. Fink, Munich 1970.
  • Ministeriality and knight poetry. Research outline. Beck, Munich 1976.
  • Studies on the concept of knight in the 12th and 13th centuries (= Euphorion . Supplements 1, ISSN  0531-2167 ). Winter, Heidelberg 1964 (2nd edition with an appendix: Zum Stand der Ritterforschung 1976. ibid. 1977, ISBN 3-533-02571-3 ; in English: The concept of knighthood in the Middle Ages (= AMS studies in the Middle Ages . no. 4). AMS Press, New York NY 1982, ISBN 0-404-18034-5 ).
  • Patrons in the Middle Ages. The patrons and patrons of court literature in Germany 1150–1300. Beck, Munich 1979, ISBN 3-406-04871-4 .
  • Court culture. Literature and Society in the High Middle Ages (= dtv 4442). 2 volumes. Deutsche Taschenbuch-Verlag, Munich 1986, ISBN 3-423-30170-8 (In Dutch: Hoofse cultuur. Literatuur en samenleving in de full Middeleeuwen (= Aula-boeken. Vol. 837-838). 2 volumes. Het Spectrum Utrecht 1989, ISBN 90-274-1988-4 (Vol. 1), ISBN 90-274-1989-2 (Vol. 2); in English: Courtly culture. Literature and society in the high Middle Ages. University of California Press , Berkeley CA et al. 1991, ISBN 0-520-06634-0 ; in Chinese: Gongting-wenhua. Zhong-shiji-shengqi-di-wenxue-yu-shehui. 2 volumes. Sanlian Shudian, Beijing 2006, ISBN 7-108 -02432-2 ).
  • History of German Literature in the High Middle Ages (= History of German Literature in the Middle Ages. Bd. 2 = dtv 4552). Deutscher Taschenbuch-Verlag, Munich 1990, ISBN 3-423-30778-1 .
  • History of medieval literature as a task (= Rheinisch-Westfälische Akademie der Wissenschaften. Lectures. G, Geisteswissenschaften 309). Westdeutscher Verlag, Opladen 1991, ISBN 3-531-07309-5 .
  • The four versions of the “Nibelungenklage”. Studies on the transmission history and textual criticism of the courtly epic in the 13th century (= sources and research on literary and cultural history. Vol. 8 = 242). de Gruyter, Berlin et al. 1996, ISBN 3-11-015076-X .
  • as editor: The "Nibelungenklage". Synoptic edition of all four versions. de Gruyter, Berlin et al. 1999, ISBN 3-11-016323-3 .
  • The "Erec" Hartmann von Aue. An introduction. de Gruyter, Berlin et al. 2006, ISBN 3-11-018979-8 .
  • as editor: Wolfram von Eschenbach: Parzival (= Old German Text Library. No. 119). Edited on the basis of the manuscript D. Niemeyer, Tübingen 2008, ISBN 978-3-484-20219-1 .

Web links


  • Oliver Junge: He was King Arthur. The Cologne old Germanist Joachim Bumke is dead. In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung , October 10, 2011, No. 235, p. 30.

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Membership directory: Joachim Bumke. Academia Europaea, accessed June 21, 2017 .