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2. Lehrdialoge

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Contemporary writers and modern researchers have often observed the didactic aspect of medieval literature dialogue. This chapter discusses dialogue and education literature, alchemical teaching dialogues, dialogues in the monastic literature, and morality-teaching dialogues. Finally, the chapter presents the similarities and differences between the four educational dialogue groups. The question-and-answer form common in educational literature can also be found in colorful collection of puzzle, conundrums and general knowledge questions, in particular knowledge of the Bible. Wisdom dialogues were question-and-answer texts that defined common objects or concepts in terms of metaphors. The morality-teaching dialogues are a very popular group in the Middle Latin Literature. Debates between teachers and students have also been inspired by the practice of disputation at the universities. The original text of the chapter is in German.

Keywords: biblical riddles; medieval literature dialogue; monastic literature; morality-teaching dialogues; question-and-answer forms; wisdom dialogues



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