SFB 447 II-III: Lachkultur / Dramaturgie von Witz und Witzkultur in Spätmittelalter und Früher Neuzeit (Teilprojekt A3)

This project is dedicated to critical analysis of cultures of laughter in the late medieval / early modern period, especially in regard to the relationship between written or visual testimonies and cultural performances. In contrast with former research, our goal is not an ontological definition of humor, but an understanding of the specific forms and functions of "staged" laughter. Our main aim is to outline the different functional modes of medieval laughter and to broaden the perspective on a literary history of laughter, opening it to other arts and discourses. In the first three years of our work we developed specific heuristic categories of jokes linguistic (facetiae) and practical, which appear in different genres of medieval theatre and prose. Our research over the last triennium has emphasized the dialogic relationships between literary texts and cultural practices of laughter. We focused our work on the analysis of the ritual functions of comic texts (e.g. Fastnachtspiel, Farce, Sottie), being staged in social frameworks of mocking and rebuke customs, like charivaris and other public ostentations.

Principal Investigators
Röcke, Werner Prof. Dr. phil. (Details) (Collaborative Research Centres - Participations)

Duration of Project
Start date: 01/2002
End date: 12/2010

Research Areas
Charivari, Cultural Performances, Early Modern Communities, Facetiae, Facetien, Farce, Fastnacht, Fastnachtspiel, Frühe Neuzeit, Gelächter, Gewalt, Hans Velten, Inszenierung, Joke, Katja Gvozdeva, Lachen, Lachkultur, Laughter, Medieval Literature, Mittelalter, Narren, Performance, Performanz, performativ, Performativität, Sottie, Staged Laughter, Theatre, Werner Röcke, Witz, Witzkultur

Gvozdeva, Katja, Werner Röcke, Hans Rudolf Velten u. Frank Wittchow: Differenz und Alterität im Ritual. Eine interdisziplinäre Fallstudie (zus. mit Birgit Althans, Kathrin Audehm, Constanze Bausch, Christof L. Diedrichs, Maren Hoffmeister, Benjamin Jörissen, Carolin Quermann, Susanne Rupp, Robert Schmidt, Monika Wagner-Willi, Christoph Wulf und Jörg Zirfas). In: Paragrana 14 (2004), H. 1, S. 199-264.

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