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Posse
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The German word Posse (often translated “farce”) denotes a form of popular comic theater that seeks to generate laughter by means of facile, often crude humor; the focus is on a comical figure (such as Pickelhering, Arlecchino/Harlequin, Gracioso, Hanswurst, or Staberl; Comedy). Generally speaking, artful treatment of language in a Posse takes second place to simple plot, often supported by improvisation and musical interludes; the popular aspect is manifest in the use of dialect and the setting of the pieces in everyday urban life. It …

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Allousch, Jasmin, “Posse”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 28 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_025760>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107



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