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Allegorie und Figuration. Figuraler Realismus bei Heinrich Seuse und Erich Auerbach

Niklaus Largier
Published Online: 2012-12-07 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/para.2012.0023


In this essay I discuss the ways in which a Christian spiritual tradition negotiates the challenges of negative theology and the impossibility to access divine truth through the use of images and allegories. This use of images, however, remains paradoxical since it negates the representational character of the – seemingly highly mimetic and concrete – images in order to produce a specific presence of the divine word below the horizon of meaning and semantics. “Figural realism” refers to this practice of figuration, as it can be found, among others, in the writings of Henry Suso.

Keywords: Allegorie/Allegorese; Animation der Wahrnehmung; Bild/Bildlichkeit/Bildgebrauch; Figura/Figuration; Realismus, realer

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Published Online: 2012-12-07

Published in Print: 2012-12-01

Citation Information: Paragrana Internationale Zeitschrift für Historische Anthropologie , Volume 21, Issue 2, Pages 36–46, ISSN (Print) 0938-0116, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/para.2012.0023.

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