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Ruth von Bernuth (Chapel Hill): Representing Otherness. Little People in the ‘Zwerchen Cabinet’ (Augsburg 1715)

Date: Friday 25 November, 3-4pm, Taylor Institution Library, Room 2

The talk will discuss the representation of otherness in an Augsburg publication from 1715 which provides a series of images of little people from different countries with captions in a number of languages, showing how this depends on the tradition developed by Sebastian Brant’s “Narrenschiff”.

Prof. Ruth von Bernuth is Professor of German at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Centre of Hebrew and Jewish Studies and at St Edmund Hall in MT 2022. She has published widely on early modern German and Yiddish literature and the literary representation of fools.

Image:  Jacob Ries, the ‘Jüdischer HanßWurst’ (Jewish Jester) from the ‘Zwerchen Cabinet’ (Augsburg 1715), no. 51

Caption: “Ein Ries dem Nahmen nach, ein Zwerg in seiner Länge, Ein schalck in folio, in einem kleinen Leib” (A giant by his name, a dwarf by length; a large scale villain in a small body)

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