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Die andere Enzyklopädie – Johann Fischarts Geschichtklitterung

Bulang, Tobias

In: Arcadia, 48 (2013), Nr. 2. pp. 262-281. ISSN 1613-0642 (Online-Ausg.), 0003-7982 (Druck-Ausg.)

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Johann Fischart’s parody of encyclopaedic literature was first published in his German translation of Rabelais’ „Gargantua“ as „Geschichtschrift“ (1575), in later editions as „Geschichtklitterung“ (1582, 1590). The German author provides an astonishing number of catalogues, among them an exuberant list of ‚lusoria‘ (names of games and entertainments), which is with more than six hundred entries significantly larger than Rabelais’ famous catalogue of two hundred seventeen games. Within their literary and epistemical contexts, these catalogues indicate the anti-encyclopaedic character of Fischart’s novel. In their poetical excesses, they show Fischart’s efforts to obscure and transgress the rules of knowledge and knowledge-organisation, thus exposing the other side of encyclopaedic order.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Arcadia
Volume: 48
Number: 2
Publisher: De Gruyter
Place of Publication: Berlin
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2020 09:44
Date: 2013
ISSN: 1613-0642 (Online-Ausg.), 0003-7982 (Druck-Ausg.)
Page Range: pp. 262-281
Faculties / Institutes: Neuphilologische Fakultät > Germanistisches Seminar
Subjects: 830 Literatures of Germanic languages
Uncontrolled Keywords: encyclopaedia, Johann Fischart: Geschichtklitterung, François Rabelais: Gargantua
Additional Information: Dieser Beitrag ist aufgrund einer (DFG-geförderten) Allianz bzw. Nationallizenz frei zugänglich. This publication is freely accessible due to an Alliance licence and a national licence (funded by the DFG, German Research Foundation) respectively.
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