The Uses of the Past. Anastasius Grün's Political Ideas in the Field of Fiction
Marija Javor Briski
In his epic poem Pfaff vom Kahlenberg, published 1850, Anastasius Grün uses an idiosyncratic reception of the German comical literature of the Late Medieval Period and a depiction of the historical ritual of enthronement of the Dukes of Carinthia to criticize the social situation of the restoration period and to present his politically liberal ideas in a more or less hidden way. The transfer of oppositional ideas into the fictive world of literature and into the historical sphere of ancient traditions grants him a distanced position to the current historical conditions of the time.
Anastasius Grün, Bakhtin, reception of medieval literature, Vormärz (pre-March) period, restoration period, enthronement of Carinthian Dukes