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Journal of German Literature and Culture of the Early Modern Period (1400-1750) / Zeitschrift für deutsche Literatur und Kultur der Frühen Neuzeit
Editor-in-Chief: Tobias Bulang
From its foundation in 1972, Daphnis was conceived as a platform for the publication of research into German literature and culture of the early modern period (14th-18th century). Since then it has developed to take on board interdisciplinary and intercultural perspectives. It is considered today an outstanding international scholarly forum for research into the early modern period. From a comparative point of view it examines the relationship between German literatures and cultural history and the culture of other European (and non-European) countries in the period, as well as such phenomena as cultural transfer. It addresses problems pertaining to the early new high German language and to Neo-Latin literature, as well as to new research fields such as intermediality, performance theories or gender studies. Within its four issues a year Daphnis offers the possibility of thematic volumes. With its double blind peer-review procedures, Daphnis is a platform which welcomes previously unpublished contributions (in German or English) under the headings: Research Articles, Miscellaneous Contributions, Bibliography and Book Reviews.

Die Zeitschrift Daphnis ist seit 1972 als Organ zur Erforschung der deutschen Literatur(en) und Kultur(en) der Frühen Neuzeit (14.-18.Jh) konzipiert worden. Seit ihrer Gründung hat sie sich im Sinne einer breiteren Interdisziplinarität und interkulturellen Perspektive entwickelt und ausdifferenziert. Heute gilt sie als ein international anerkanntes wissenschaftliches Forum für Frühneuzeitforschung. Sie berücksichtigt unter komparatistischem Aspekt die Beziehungen der deutschen Literatur und Kultur zu den europäischen (auch außereuropäischen) Kulturen dieses Zeitraums und Phänomene des Kulturtransfers. Hinzu kommen aktuelle Fragestellungen der frühneuhochdeutschen Sprache, der neulateinischen Literatur wie auch neuere Forschungsfelder der Intermedialität, Performanz, Gender Studies u.a. Im Rahmen der jährlich vorgesehenen vier Hefte sind inhaltlich geschlossene Themenhefte möglich und werden von Gastherausgebern verantwortet. Im Daphnis werden noch unveröffentlichte Beiträge (in deutscher und englischer Sprache) zu den Rubriken „Abhandlungen“, „Miszellen“, „Berichte“, „Bibliographien“ im Peer-Review-Verfahren aufgenommen. Darüber hinaus erscheinen Rezensionen zu aktuellen Publikationen der Epoche.

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In: Poetica
In: Poetica
Author: Tobias Bulang

The Alsacian author Johann Fischart translated Rabelais’ Gargantua as well as Bodin’s Démonomanie des sorciers. This study aims to clarify the connection between these most opposite texts. How does Rabelaisian laughter in German context connect to early modern witch-hunt ideology? Starting point of this investigation are Fischart’s puns and their lexical, phraseological, intertextual and interdiscoursive dimensions.

In: Daphnis
Author: Tobias Bulang

Medieval ‘books of natural things’ contain various concepts of nature. On the one hand, there is the idea of nature as God’s creation, on the other, the Aristotelian concept of nature shaped by causes and effects and by processes of growth and decline. Practical knowledge about animals pertaining, for instance, to medicine or hunting, appears in late medieval encyclopaedias as well. Konrad’s book shows that these different concepts manifest themselves in the translation from the Latin sources into the vernacular. The choice of German equivalents for Latin words and phrases in Konrad’s ‘book of natural things’ ist guided and shaped by a philosophical reflection upon varying concepts of nature.

In: Daphnis
Author: Tobias Bulang

Leonhard Thurneysser zum Thurn (1531–1596), personal physician of Brandenburg’s elector, was an alchemist, astrologist, pharmacist, entrepreneur, and printer of a large number of books, which he himself wrote. In these publications, he repeatedly refers to experiences he gained by traveling the world. His books also included many foreign alphabets and languages (via remarkable typography), thus insinuating an overall language proficiency. This study examines how Thurneysser used travel and languages for self-fashioning.

In: Daphnis
Author: Tobias Bulang

For Paracelsian texts, as well as for hermetic writing in general, genealogies that trace knowledge all the way back to Hermes Trismegistos or even to Adam are characteristic. However, in the 16th century, Paracelsians were by far not the only ones drafting such genealogies. Many sciences didn’t restrict themselves to the medieval practice of quoting ancient authorities (e.g. Plinius dixit …), but rather employed genealogies of knowledge to achieve legitimacy for their texts. Such genealogies of knowledge preceeded a modern history of science. Also, they aim towards a turning point in the very presence of their authors, a point from which truth is finally revealed again. This presentation will compare different genealogies of knowledge (in botanical, demonological, and alchemical writings) and investigate their social and institutional implications.

In: Daphnis
In: Daphnis
In: Early Modern Catalogues of Imaginary Books
In: Gedichte von Thomas Kling