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Chapter Nov 2 readings in Brophy

HIS109Y1 Chapter Notes - Chapter Nov 2 readings in Brophy: Hans Jakob Christoffel Von Grimmelshausen, Picaresque Novel, Close Reading


Department
History
Course Code
HIS109Y1
Professor
Kenneth Bartlett
Chapter
Nov 2 readings in Brophy

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Brophy'v.1'(467/472,'479/484)'
Simplicissimus)by)Hans)Jakob)Christoph)Von)Grimmelshausen)
• The%greatest%German%novel%of%the%seventeenth%century%
• Hans%was%a%soldier%in%the%imperial%army%and%in%1639,%he%became%secretary%to%the%
commandant%at%Offenburg%
• At%the%end%of%the%Thirty%Years’%War,%he%became%a%commandant%on%the%Inn%
• In%1667,%he%became%a%tax%collector%and%his%duties%allowed%him%to%write%his%masterpiece,%
Simplicissimus%which%was%modelled%on%the%Spanish%picaresque%romance%
• He%sketched%the%development%of%the%human%soul%measured%against%the%background%of%a%
land%riven%by%warfare%
• Vivid%picture%of%seventeenth%century%Germany%
• Grimmelshausen%can’t%answer%the%question%of%what%went%on%during%the%Thirty%Years’%
War%because%it%can%not%be%looked%at%as%study%of%history:%(1)%it’s%written%after%the%war,%(2)%
the%writings%don't%place%the%same%value%in%facts%as%we%do%now,%the%style%and%purpose%are%
very%different%
Even%if%its%supposed%to%be%an%eye%witness%account,%we%can%not%look%at%it%like%a%newspaper,%
we%have%to%look%at%it%in%a%different%way%
Questions%about%the%period%that%we%could%ask:%What%can%this%one%text%tell%us%about%the%
time%period?%—>%Close%reading%of%the%text%and%extrapolate%details%about%the%period%in%
which%the%text%was%created%
• Who%does%Simplicissimus%represent?%Why%has%Grimmelshausen%represented%soldiers%
and%peasants%in%a%certain%way?%What%does%he%assert%about%the%conduct%of%the%30%Years’%
War?%What%is%his%relation%to%nature%XX%he%uses%naturalistic%metaphors,%what%are%there%
purpose?%
• The%peasants%are%the%roots,%they%give%their%strength%to%the%soldiers,%as%the%leaves%fall%off….%
Book)One,)c.1:)Treats)of)Simplicissimus’s)Rustic)Descent)and)of)His)Upbringing)Answering)Thereto)
In%the%seventeenth%century,%which%some%people%think%will%be%the%end%of%time,%a%disease%is%occurring%
among%commoners%which%makes%its%victims%claim%that%they%are%noblemen%of%an%ancient%family%even%
though%they%are%not%and%most%likely%came%from%labourers%or%other%common%people.%The%narrator%
doesn’t%like%to%compare%himself%to%these%people%but%he%jokes%around%that%he%has%a%feeling%that%his%
ancestors%must%have%been%noblemen.%
He%admits%that%he’s%kidding,%however,%and%says%that%his%origin%and%education%could%be%compared%to%a%
prince’s%if%you%don’t%dwell%on%all%of%the%differences.%His%father,%or%how%they%call%father%in%Spessart%
“khan,%had%a%palace%and%was%a%mighty%and%wealthy%king%whose%home%re^lected%it.%
He%had%sheep,%pigs,%and%other%animals%instead%of%workers%like%stable%boys%who%were%all%dressed%in%
their%own%uniform%and%waited%on%the%narrator%until%he%dismissed%them.%His%father%had%lots%of%
weapons%which%he%used%every%day%and%he%made%war%on%the%whole%earth%and%every%fall%would%obtain%
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