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Ismen und Armida: Gestalten des Bösen in Tassos Gerusalemme liberata

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Tasso's epic work is considered to be a literary example of rinascimental dealing with magic. Based on Early Modern explanatory models (Spiritus-theory, Hylemorphism, Actio in distans), the present article understands magic historically as an 〉opportunity to direct〈 By comparing the two pagan-magical characters Ismen and Armida, it illustrates how facets of demonic magic are portrayed in the epic. In the article, the discussion on demonic shaping skills as an instrument of power and means of deceit in the battle against Christians is interpreted as a negotiation of forms and modes of actions of evil, with regard to the demonology of the Malleus maleficarum. On the one hand, the evil appears from a seemingly distant, hegemonic-political aspect. And on the other hand, it is seen from a subtly-deceptive aspect, which causes societal damage at the personal-physiological level. Especially the conception of Armida demonstrates a relational as well as functional interpretation of evil, which makes apparent the Tridentine-counterreformist embedding of the epic.
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Language: German

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2018

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  • Romanische Forschungen is one of the oldest German academic journals dedicated to the study of the Romance languages, their literatures, and cultures from all periods. Its editors and editorial board emphasize the interrelatedness of linguistics and literary studies and encourage the submission of articles and reviews with a focus on the Romance world as a whole. Romanische Forschungen publishes in all the major Romance languages, German and English.

    Die Romanischen Forschungen sind eine der ältesten deutschen Fachzeitschriften. Ihr Gegenstand sind die romanischen Sprachen, Literaturen und Kulturen von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgeber und Beirat pflegen die Verbindung von Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft und bevorzugen Beiträge und Rezensionen mit einer gesamtromanischen Fragestellung. Die Publikationssprachen sind außer allen romanischen Sprachen das Deutsche und Englische.
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