Samtliche Werke, Vol. 3: Dramen, Pt. 3: Kommentar Zu Priseianus Vapulans Und Iulius Redivivus

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Samtliche Werke, Vol. 3: Dramen, Pt. 3: Kommentar Zu Priseianus Vapulans Und Iulius Redivivus


Wirthensohn, Simon, Seventeenth-Century News


* Samtliche Werke, vol. 3: Dramen, pt. 3: Kommentar zu Priscianus vapulans und Iulius redivivus. By Nicodemus Frischlin. Edited by Christoph Jungck und Lothar Mundt. Stuttgart and Bad Cannstatt: Frommann-Holzboog, 2014. 253 pages. More than ten years after publishing their edition of Frischlin's best known plays Priscianus vapulans and Iulius redivivus, Christoph Jungck and Lothar Mundt have now submitted the commentaries on the two comedies which reviewers had strongly called for. The results of their work, released as volume III,3 of the Historisch-kritische Frischlin-Gesamtausgabe, confirm that these demands were justified: through the lens of the commentary, Frischlin's satire is significantly clarified.

Absolutely indispensable for future studies on Frischlin's dramatic oeuvre is Jungck's commentary on Priscianus vapulans. Given the fact that satirical texts even from the more recent history of literature always require background information for a sufficient understanding, the lack of a commentary in this case was a real problem. Thanks to Jungck the play with its evident satirical orientation is now much more accessible to researchers, but also to a broader readership more generally. The satire on the use of Medieval Latin--by far the most important aspect of the play--is particularly well explicated by the author, who offers an extensive, well-researched analysis of the sources Frischlin used to unmask the linguistic habits in sixteenth-century academia. The passages of the main sources which Frischlin simply transferred into verses--sections from Chrysostomus Javelli's commentary on Aristotle's Physics in Act 1, from Bernardus de Gordonio's Lilium medicinae and Valescus de Taranta's Philonius in Act 2, from Ioannes Nevizanus's Sylva nuptialis and Jean Barbier's Aureum viatorium utriusque iuris in Act 3, and from Felix Hemmerlin's Deplebanis in Act 4--are mostly cited in their entirety. The most valuable advantage of the book is the analysis of the 'corrupted' vocabulary which the characters make use of. Jungck sought to identify all lexical elements belonging to Medieval Latin and to explain their partly obscure derivation.

Compared to the substantial commentary, the introduction is short, even excessively so. The author restricts himself to a brief contextualization of the play within Frischlin's oeuvre, some scattered comments on the secondary literature, a chapter on metrics, and a chapter on the 1578 performance. …

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