Vessels of Passage: Reading the Ritual of the Late-Medieval Ship of Fools

  • Zita Turi Eötvös Loránd University

Abstract


My paper explores the late-medieval image of the ship of fools. The metaphor originates in the fifteenth-century carnivals of Europe and was depicted in Sebastian Brant’s 1494 compilation, Das Narrenschiff. The paper explores the underlying dynamic of the imagery and its origins in carnivalesque rituals as well as how the motif was exploited by Brant, becoming a literary force at the turn of the sixteenth century.

Published
06-Dec-2013
How to Cite
Turi, Z. (2013, December 6). Vessels of Passage: Reading the Ritual of the Late-Medieval Ship of Fools. FORUM: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture & The Arts, (17). Retrieved from http://www.forumjournal.org/article/view/687
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