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Falk Bornmüller and Mathis Lessau

(cf. Gabriel 2015). According to this approach, the two implicit theses are: All thought experiments are a form of (deductive or inductive) reasoning that explicitly aims at propositional knowledge. The cognitive value of (fictional) literature lies in its capacity to re-present whereby these literary


Alexandra W. Busch and Miguel John Versluys

Competing Perspectives

Figures of Image Control


Edited by Günter Blamberger and Dietrich Boschung

Autobiographies and self portraits can be understood as figures of image control that try to express and secure a person’s reputation for contemporary and future generations. However, there have always been competing perspectives between self-descriptions and descriptions of oneself by others. It is this interplay that determines the current effects and the lasting impact of self-fashionings – and produces the distinction between “Dichtung und Wahrheit” (facts and fiction), between illusion and reality. Morphomata’s annual conference thus questions the cultural,historical, and medial figures of these distinctions in case studies from antiquity to the present.

Jan Baetens

and lisible texts, presented some ten years after Barthes’s discussion of the lisible / scriptible distinction. For Ricardou, lecturable refers to what can be clearly understood in a text ( lecturable is a neologism one could translate as ‘technically understandable’), while the latter term

Anfangsgeschichten / Origin Stories

Der Beginn volkssprachiger Schriftlichkeit in komparatistischer Perspektive / The Rise of Vernacular Literacy in a Comparative Perspective


Edited by Elke Krotz, Stephan Müller, Norbert Kössinger, Pavlina Rychterova and Pavlína Rychterová

From the fifth to the sixteenth centuries, what we know today as the “vernacular languages” developed across Europe. The present volume focuses from a determinedly comparative perspective on the process of the integration of the linguae vernaculae vel barbaricae into the domain of literacy and learning. Exemplary case studies explore the issue of the beginnings of vernacular literacy at the intersection of historical sciences, philology, linguistics, media history, and literary sciences to analyse discernable patterns and norms. In this way, the common and traditional national philological narratives of the respective “Origin Stories of written tradition” are questioned and discussed.