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Transforming Topoi

The Exigencies and Impositions of Tradition

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Traditions thrive on the dialectic of repetition. Drawing their topoi from the well of memory, they are situated on the very border between the deliberate and the habitual. Yet how is it possible to influence traditions? The present collection of essays studies the ways in which traditions are employed in the service of symbolic politics. What are the burdens and impositions of traditions, when their topoi are consciously exploited in the service of ideological purposes? Are there certain limits to manipulation that lie in the very nature of the traditions in question, a nature which therefore defines them? The contributors give a host of answers, studying topoi in medieval and early modern Europe from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Author Biography

Prof. Dr. Andrew James Johnston lehrt Englische Philologie mit dem Schwerpunkt Literatur des Mittelalters und der Renaissance an der Freien Universitat Berlin. Dr. Margitta Rouse ist Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin der DFG-Forschergruppe 2305 Diskursivierungen von Neuem an der Freien Universitat Berlin. Wilhelm Schmidt-Biggemann ist emeritierter Professor fur Geschichte der Philosophie und der Geisteswissenschaften an der Freien Universitat Berlin.
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September 10th, 2018
Contributions by Andrew James Johnston Contributions by Anna Laura Puliafito Contributions by Bernd Roling Contributions by Gideon Stiening Contributions by Katharina Krause Contributions by Margitta Rouse Contributions by Maria Muccillo Contributions by Peter-Andre Alt Contributions by Stephen Graukroger Contributions by Wilhelm Schmidt-Biggemann
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