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Verlorenes Lachen

Stefan Busch

Published September 3rd 2012
ISBN : 9783484321182
Hardcover
221 pages
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In the wake of Enlightenment doubt and the theodicy problem, blasphemous laughter quickly developed into a literary motif around the middle of the 18th century. The study begins by discussing the theological, anthropological, and social conditionsMoreIn the wake of Enlightenment doubt and the theodicy problem, blasphemous laughter quickly developed into a literary motif around the middle of the 18th century. The study begins by discussing the theological, anthropological, and social conditions favouring this phenomenon. Subsequently, an analysis of canonical texts from three centuries (by Lessing, Tieck, Buchner, Hauptmann, Bataille, Thomas Mann, Christa Wolf, etc.) traces the process by which the motif of blasphemous laughter ages to the point of obsolescence, ultimately becoming an element in a postmodern citation game.