Abstract

This article examines the thematization of the heroine's barrenness in Grimmelshausen's Courasche in light of Renaissance medical texts in order to demonstrate that Courasche's infertility constitutes an anti-war argument on the part of her creator. The chaos of war is inconsistent with the conditions believed at the time to promote fertility; war is additionally depicted as leading to a weakening of the social reins of control. The unruly woman, who inverts the traditional gender hierarchy, represents a world turned upside down; here she is "unnaturally" infertile in part because she is "unnaturally" dominant, but the war is what has given her the opportunity to assert that dominance. (V.V.O.)

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Additional Information

ISSN
2578-5192
Print ISSN
2578-5206
Pages
pp. 21-45
Launched on MUSE
2010-10-13
Open Access
No
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