Widerspruch als konstitutives Element der Wissensvermittlung in literarischen Texten des späten 16. Jahrhunderts (Fischart, Rollenhagen, Historia von D. Johann Fausten, Wagnerbuch)

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Abstract

In the second half of the sixteenth century, the transfer of knowledge is a con- flict situation: on the one hand, there is a generalised thirst for knowledge but, on the other, a fear of the circulation of new ideas on the part of both the secular and religious authorities. This was especially the case with regard to informa- tion related to the areas of medicine, astronomy, and alchemy-magic which was banned or censored. This paper argues that many authors relied on a Poetics of Contradiction in order to be able to transmit this information. Despite appa- rently opposing statements or thanks to their apparent opposition, they trans- mitted a meaningful message and allowed attentive, elitist readers to partake of and acquire significant knowledge. The examples considered here mostly come from Fischart’s Geschichtklitterung, Rollenhagen’s Froschmeuseler, and the anonymous Wagnerbuch.
Original languageGerman
Title of host publicationPoetiken des Widerspruchs
Pages319-327
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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