Helden um 1600. Zwischen literarischer Fiktion und anthropologischer Fabrikation

Translated title of the contribution: Heroes around 1600: Between literary fiction and anthropological fabrication

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This contribution attempts a first stock-taking of the closer connection forged in discourses around 1600 between the topos of the hero and the concept of fiction. The timeframe is carefully selected as the situation around 1500 and again 1800 present a tangible contrast to the situation around 1600. I will not suggest here a remarkable historical shift in the wider context of the history of ideas, but I do want to note the conflations of the topos of the hero with the concept of fiction as they are orchestrated between anthropological and literary deliberations first around 1600 and start shaping from then on our understanding of an ‘intensified subjectivity’ as part of the modern process of individuation.
Translated title of the contributionHeroes around 1600: Between literary fiction and anthropological fabrication
Original languageGerman
Title of host publicationHelden/Heroes
EditorsFranz-Josef Deiters, Andreas Dorrer, Alison Lewis, Christiane Weller, Axel Fliethmann
Place of PublicationBaden-Baden
PublisherNomos/Rombach Wissenschaft
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783988580160
ISBN (Print)9783988580153
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • heroes, fiction, anthropology, giordano bruno

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