Heilung des Wahns durch den Wahn

Psychologie, Theologie und Technik der Geistererscheinungen in Gryphius’ Cardenio und Celinde

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Andreas Gryphius’ Cardenio und Celinde is a ghost story which at the same time is also a psychological healing story and one of theological conversion. Both stories would not have been possible had the technical preconditions offered by Baroque theater not been available to let ghosts appear on stage with public appeal. For analyzing the entertaining function of these ghosts the mentioned three levels provide orientation. This article will therefore examine psychology (1), then turn to theology (2) in order to finally address the technical preconditions of their presentability (3).


Journal of German Literature and Culture of the Early Modern Period (1400-1750) / Zeitschrift für deutsche Literatur und Kultur der Frühen Neuzeit



  • Andreas Gryphius: Catharina von Georgien, Schlussszene, Letztes von sieben Kupfern von Gregor Bieber und Johann Using; abgedruckt nach D 928/929.

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