Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte, 1 December 2014, Vol.37(4), pp.351-362
At the end of the eighteenth century, people who became notorious for their excessive engagement in legal proceedings started being labeled as "querulents" or "paranoid litigants". The term "querulents" first appeared in the General Order of the Court for the Prussian States (Allgemeine Gerichtsardnung für die Preussischen Staaten) from July 6, 1793. From there on, the spectrum of juridical measures undertaken against the so-labeled litigators included classifying these persons as ineligible for legal action and psychiatric hospitalization. The paper discusses to what extent Hermann Bahr rearranges psychiatric and legal knowledge about this special type of the complainer in his tragi- comedy Der Querulant, premiered in 1914. This concerns, first, the theatricality of the body and speech, secondly, the use of cultural techniques of writing and, thirdly, conflict- ing notions of justice. Therefore, the paper analyzes the aesthetic function of querulous behavior in the dramatic structure of...
Der Querulant (1914) ; Hermann Bahr ; Körper ; Literaturwissenschaft ; Medienwissenschaft ; Psychiatriegeschichte ; Querulantenwahnsinn ; Rechtsgefühl ; Rechtswissenschaft ; Theater
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