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Bibliomanie als Krankheit und Kulturphänomen : pathographische Fallstudien zur Rezeption von Magister Tinius (1768 - 1846)

  • The paper seeks to analyse the case of the theologian Tinius, one of the best-known representatives of >book- addiction< (bibliomania), as it is described in authentic contemporary documents, popular literature and fictionalised adaptations. Explanations of the phenomenon range from a special socialisation, rational calculation, criminal anthropology, and the >Faustian urge for knowledge<, to diabolical bibliophily and a theology of sin. A historical synopsis shows the heterogeneity of the contemporary criminal and psychiatric discourse on bibliomania as a >literary disease<. The continuing reception of the bibliomania exemplified by Tinius in a variety of literary genres suggests that it incorporates a considerable amount of >social energy<, based on the fascination with the >Other< of reason.

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Author:Stefanie Stockhorst, Andreas Frewer
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2003
Year of Completion:2003
Release Date:2017/03/25
Source:KulturPoetik. - 3 (2003), 2, S. 246 - 262
Organizational units:Philosophische Fakultät / Institut für Germanistik
Peer Review:Nicht referiert