Damnanda non est obscuritas poetarum. Poetische Dunkelheit als Symptom einer Sprachkrise? – Das Zeugnis von Boccaccios ›Genealogia deorum gentilium‹

Stolz, Michael (2018). Damnanda non est obscuritas poetarum. Poetische Dunkelheit als Symptom einer Sprachkrise? – Das Zeugnis von Boccaccios ›Genealogia deorum gentilium‹. In: wildekeit. Spielräume literarischer obscuritas im Mittelalter. Zürcher Kolloquium 2016. Wolfram-Studien: Vol. 25 (pp. 389-412). Berlin: Erich Schmidt Verlag

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The ambiguity of storytelling, practiced in Boccaccio’s ‘Decameron’, has been explained as a symptom of the linguistic crisis to be observed in 14th-century epistemology (Kurt Flasch). The present article confronts this approach with Boccaccio’s concept of obscuritas as developed in his mythographic treatise ‘Genealogia deorum gentilium’. In book XIV Boccaccio defends obscuritas as a method of poetic garment (palliare, velamentum) in the tradition of the medieval integumentum theory. Besides this, he locates fiction in the judgement of the poet and refers the origins of poetry to the ‘wilderness’ of early human religion and myth. A key term in this context is the ‘peregrine’ character of poetry (carmina peregrina) expressing the untameable qualities of myth and literary fiction, effective across the ages. In this sense, obscuritas atque ambiguitas, as practised in the ‘Decameron’ and reflected in the ‘Genealogia’, enable Boccaccio to respond to, what Kurt Flasch calls the linguistic crisis of the 14th century.

Item Type:

Book Section (Book Chapter)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of Germanic Languages
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of Germanic Languages > Old German Language and Literature

UniBE Contributor:

Stolz, Michael

Subjects:

400 Language > 430 German & related languages
800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism > 830 German & related literatures

ISBN:

978-3-503-18148-3

Series:

Wolfram-Studien

Publisher:

Erich Schmidt Verlag

Language:

German

Submitter:

Michael Rudolf Stolz

Date Deposited:

24 Oct 2018 18:46

Last Modified:

16 Nov 2019 18:07

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.120632

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/120632

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