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How to become an “edelez herze” : Interpassivity and the art of playing the game of collectively received narratives (not only) within the Middle Ages

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Wagner, Silvan:
How to become an “edelez herze” : Interpassivity and the art of playing the game of collectively received narratives (not only) within the Middle Ages.
In: Continental Thought & Theory. Vol. 2 (2018) Issue 1 . - pp. 63-90.
ISSN 2463 -333X

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In the movie Ocean’s Twelve, two protagonists represent two very different ways to receive a complex story: You can try very hard to interact mentally – and fail on a more or less high level (like ‘Linus Caldwell’); or you can fake a mental interaction and assure just after the twist of the story that you already knew it (like ‘Bruce Willis’). In the latter case – and if the fake succeeds – you will be objectively clever and participate in the benefits of the people who really knew it – whether they exist in reality or not. This special variation of interpassivity is not only a more or less lame game for the reception of postmodern movies: There are hints enough to assume that the Middle High German literature strongly promoted interpassive cleverness. And for the courtly audience of a medieval literary performance, the showmanship was way more important than for the audience of a today’s movie. So, medieval narratives gave the opportunity of two complementary games of reception: Interactive engaging and interpassive participating. The prize for both games is ‘ courtly merriment’, a fundamental condition to be part of the court. These games of reception of collectively received narratives shall be shown using the example of Gottfrieds von Strassburg Tristan and other medieval narratives.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature
Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature > Lehrstuhl Ältere deutsche Philologie
Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature > Lehrstuhl Ältere deutsche Philologie > Lehrstuhl Ältere deutsche Philologie - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gerhard Wolf
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 100 Philosophy and psychology > 190 Modern Western philosophy
800 Literature
800 Literature > 800 Literature, rhetoric, criticism
800 Literature > 830 German and related literatures
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2018 06:24
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2018 06:24
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/44534