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Visus est ei vir Dei: Zu Darstellungsform und Funktion von Träumen und Visionen in den Olavmirakeln (Fallstudie 2)

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This chapter presents an overview on the representation form and function of dreams and visions in the Olav miracles. It investigates the functionalization of motifs and narrative structures of the vision literature in the Passio Olavi in the context of ancient medical healing practices, particularly the healing sleep. The representation form of visions and dreams within Olav miracles is variable and ranges from a descriptive summary sentence in the narrator talk about the monologue of the Holy till to a dialogue reproduced in direct speech of both protagonists. The chapter discusses the typological differentiation between the dreams and visions. It aims to demonstrate the image of Olav, narrative forms of communication in dreams and visions and their function. In few miracles Olav is represented as a man of medium or even small body size. The original text of the chapter is in German.

Keywords: healing sleep; Olav miracles; protagonists; representation form; vision literature



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