Šimon Abeles: Zrození barokní legendy
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|Title:||Šimon Abeles: Zrození barokní legendy|
|Journal or Publication Title:|
Czech Literature, 57, 3, pp. 346-347
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||hagiography, baroque|
Jesuit Johannes Eder, Virilis Constantia (Manly Constancy, 1696), a classic hagiographic text.
The last is Agnus inter Haedos (A Lamb among the Goats, 1738), a Latin -Czech school play,
which was put on at the Jesuit seminary in the New Town, Prague, by grammar -school pupils.
In these texts the narrative of Shimon Abeles is adapted to the image of a new martyr by repeated
formulas, fi gures of speech, tropes, and topoi. These literary elements were common
both to medieval literature and to early modern writing. Analysis of hagiographic commonplaces
may show us how the Baroque legend came into being and was then transformed in hagiographic
literature because of religious interests. They also reveal stereotypes of Jews, the roots
of modern antisemitism.