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Healing Madness through Madness (Heilung des Wahns durch den Wahn)

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The Psychology, Theology and Technology of Apparitions in Gryphius’ Cardenio and Celinde (Psychologie, Theologie und Technik der Geistererscheinungen in Gryphius’ Cardenio und Celinde)

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Andreas Gryphius’ Cardenio und Celinde is a ghost story which at the same time is also a psychological healing story and one of theological conversion. Both stories would not have been possible had the technical preconditions offered by Baroque theater not been available to let ghosts appear on stage with public appeal. For analyzing the entertaining function of these ghosts the mentioned three levels provide orientation. This article will therefore examine psychology (1), then turn to theology (2) in order to finally address the technical preconditions of their presentability (3).

Affiliations: 1: Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), Karlsruhe, Deutschland,


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