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Living by the Golden Rule: Mentor – Scholar – World Citizen

A Festschrift for Wolfgang Mieder’s 75th Birthday

Edited By Andreas Nolte and Dennis Mahoney

This Festschrift for Wolfgang Mieder, preeminent paremiologist and folklorist, combines personal tributes and scholarly papers by colleagues, friends, and former students – presented in three categories that address his roles as a mentor, scholar, and world citizen over many decades.

The central scholarly section likewise consists of three parts. The papers dealing with proverbs examine them as patterns, stereotypes, rhetorical devices, media for self-enchantment, and means of allusion in works by Tolstoy, Solzhenitsyn, Chukovskaya, and Kempowski. A second group deals with fairy-tale motifs in literary works by Lehmann, Rabinowich, and Hummel. A third section includes topics ranging from James Bond to Stephen King, from runaway slaves to the Holocaust, and literature as cultural ecology.

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Hating? Yes, but rhetorically

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Paremiology in the French Wars of Religion

Abstract: This article examines how proverbs, sententious remarks, and citations were used in the literature of the sixteenth-century French Wars of Religion. Focusing on the works of Pierre de Ronsard, famous French Catholic author and official court poet, I argue that he used these rhetorical tropes in order to convince his audience to follow his advice.

The French Wars of Religion, which shook up the kingdom in the sixteenth century (1562–98) were among the most violent and brutal civil wars in French history. The Reformation, which had slowly grown in Western Europe thanks to the works of Martin Luther (1483–1546) and John Calvin (1509–1564), was at the core of this momentous event. Catholicism was the religion of the kingdom and, in a sense, it “was” the kingdom. The authorities became angered and worried by the growing popularity of the Reformation in the population, with some of the most important figures of the kingdom being sympathetic to these new ideas. Being anything else than Catholic was then seen as a deliberate attack against France; indeed, most of the reformists came from the Holy Roman Empire, a “natural” enemy of France. Those who followed their movements were then quickly denounced as anti-French themselves. However, John Calvin, the most prominent Protestant intellectual figure in France, did not wish to overthrow the king or the institutions of the kingdom. Instead, he dedicated one of his most famous works,...

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