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Author(s): Feistner, Edith (Munich)
Feistner, Edith (Munich) [German version] A. Introduction (CT) Biography is one of the oldest literary genres and is divided into many different types, among them biographies of heroes, politicians, orators, artists, etc. The various functions and ways in which biographies are presented gave rise to various designations such as individual, collective, parallel, and social or societal biographies, among others. Furthermore, there are several modern biographical genres such as biographical essay, novel, n…


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Author(s): Feistner, Edith (München) RWG
Feistner, Edith (München) RWG [English version] A. Einleitung (RWG) B. gehören zum ältesten lit. Genre, wobei es eine Fülle von Typen gibt: Helden-B., Politiker-B., Redner-B., Künstler-B. usw. Auf die Darstellungsart und auf die Funktion der B. heben Termini wie Individual-B. bzw. Einzel-B., Sammel-B., Parallel-B., Sozial-B. bzw. Gesellschafts-B. u.a. ab. Daneben gibt es eine Reihe von mod. biographischen Genres wie biographischer Essay, Roman, Novelle, Film. Zur Biographik - dieser Terminus hat sich als…

Tales and Legends

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Author(s): Feistner, Edith | Wißmann, Hans | Arneth, Martin | Sellin, Gerhard | Roggenkamp, Antje
[German Version] I. Literary History 1. Unlike fairy tales, which are set in a fictional world that takes wonders for granted, tales (Ger. Sagen) and legends recount the irruption of miracles and wonders into the real world. Tales treat this irruption as a mysterious and terrifying experience, while legends embed it in a religiously structured explanatory context. 2. The etymology of the terms tale and legend points to two different forms of transmission: oral in the case of tales (“what is told”) and sagas (“what is said”), written in the case of legends (Lat. legenda, “what is to be re…