Abstract

Abstract:

This article is a close reading of the opening paragraphs of Johann Peter Hebel's early calendar piece Über die Verbreitung der Pflanzen (On the Dissemination of Plants), which draws upon thematically and intertextually related passages from his oeuvre and from Martin Luther's translation of the Bible. It outlines Hebel's conceptualization of humankind's role within and relation to creation as a 'whole,' demonstrating how the actualization of that role is not predetermined, but is contingent upon a person's ability to perceive what appears selfevident or simple in nature as wondrous and manifold. In this context, Hebel's language plays a crucial role in that, rather than acting prescriptively, it constitutes a performative approach which allows the inclined reader to notice [merken] on his or her own account—that is, to take note that nothing is yet understood.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1934-2810
Print ISSN
0026-9271
Pages
pp. 55-78
Launched on MUSE
2019-04-30
Open Access
No
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