In: KulturPoetik 2011, Heft 1


Annette Gerok-Reiter


Tradition und Transformation.  Polyphone Wissensfigurationen in der Historia von D. Johann Fausten




The article deals with how different formations of knowledge (in type, manifestation and structure) foreground both the perspective of tradition and the perspective of transformation. The question is exemplified by the Historia von D. Johann Fausten (1587), and the analysis focuses on the specific technique of representation in the Historia. The representation of knowledge as narrative is a literary form of knowledge which is highly culturally relevant. Due to the polyphonic structure of the Historia, the way knowledge is structured in it can be interpreted as a paradigm for the possibility of a simultaneous affirmation and subversion of traditional knowledge.