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Kellner, Beate (2021): Apologie der deutschen Sprache und Dichtkunst in Johann Fischarts Geschichtklitterung. In: Daphnis-Zeitschrift für Mittlere Deutsche Literatur, Vol. 49, No. 3: pp. 379-415

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In competing with Rabelais' French novel Garguanta, the German author Fischart aims to illustrate the richness of the German language and its poetry in his comic novel Geschichtklitterung. Focusing on the second chapter of this text, which has so far been viewed as nothing more than an absurd play on language, this article offers a new interpretation and demonstrates how the German author stylizes himself as a poeta vates in his Pantagruelian prophecy and presents himself as a being purified by wine in his poem Glucktratrara. In the end, inspired by Apollo and the Muses, he seems to create an epic poem praising both Germans and the German language.

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