Infinite Boundaries: Order, Disorder, and Reorder in Early Modern German Culture

Max Reinhart, ed.

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The editor’s introduction and the eighteen essays in this book seek to correct, avoid, or overcome certain trammels and aporias in previous research on early modern German culture. (SCE&S 40)




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Sixteenth Century Essays & Studies, Vol. 40

The editor’s introduction and the eighteen essays in this book seek to correct, avoid, or overcome certain trammels and aporias in previous research on early modern German culture. The language of boundary work enters into the authors’ critical vocabulary with varying degrees of explicitness. This book’s challenge to historical norms comes from a strong commitment to investigate questions in terms of the Sinnkonstruktion particular to early modern German cultural forms.

All of the contributions deal with issues that have never been addressed before or discuss new aspects of old problems…. At present there is no work in German in which the problems of early modern Germany are being discussed.

—Hartmut Lehmann, Church History


Introduction: Interdisciplinarity, Boundary Work, and Early Modern German Studies
Max Reinhart
Public Law and Patriotism in the Holy Roman Empire
Michael Stolleis
The “Universal” and the “Local” in Episcopal Visitations
Edmund M. Kern
Clericalism and Communalism in German Catholicism
Marc R. Forster
Terms of Loyalty: Factional Politics in a Single German Village (Nöggenschwihl, 1725–1745)
David Martin Luebke
Blurring Genre Boundaries: Judas and His Role in Early Modern German Drama
Paul F. Casey
Architecture and Rhetoric in the Work of Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach
Friedrich Polleroß
The Jesuit Church of St. Michael’s in Munich: The Story of an Angel with a Mission
Jeffrey Chipps Smith
Constructing the Boundaries of Community: Nationalism, Protestantism, and Economics in a Sixteenth-Century Broadsheet
Pia F. Cuneo
Der Kaiser als Künstler: Ferdinand III and the Politicization of Sacred Music at the Hapsburg Court
Steven Saunders
What Did Burckhardt’s Renaissance Sound Like?
Paul Walker
Germany’s Blind Renaissance
Christopher S. Wood
The “Other” in the Age of the Reformation: Reflections on Social Control and Deviance in the Sixteenth Century
Hans J. Hillerbrand
“With a morsel of bread”: Delineating Differences in the Jewish and Christian Communities of Regensburg before the Pogrom of 1519
Kristin E. S. Zapalac
Unification and the Chemistry of the Reformation
Jole Shackelford
Anabaptist Women—Radical Women?
Sigrun Haude
The Regulation of Hebrew Printing in Germany, 1555–1630: Confessional Politics and the Limits of Jewish Toleration
Stephen G. Burnett
The Executioner’s Healing Touch: Health and Honor in Early Modern German Medical Practice
Kathy Stuart
Sovereignty and Heresy
Constantin Fasolt


Max Reinhart is associate professor of German at the University of Georgia. He is the author of Johann Hellwig: A Descriptive Bibliography (1993), Johann Hellwig’s “Die Nymphe Noris” (1650): A Critical Edition (1994); coeditor of Cultural Contentions in Early Modern Germany, special double issue of Colloquia Germanica (1995), and co-editor of German Writers of the Renaissance and Reformation, 1280–1580, vol. 179 of Dictionary of Literary Biography (1997). His articles on fifteenth-, sixteenth-, and seventeenth-century German literature have appeared in international journals, collections, and lexica, and he is presently finishing an edition of the four political pamphlets of the younger Georg Philipp Harsdörffer and a study of the reception of Claudian in early modern Germany. He is the founder and past president of Frühe Neuzeit Interdisziplinär and was co-director of FNI’s first international conference at Duke University in 1995.


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