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Wie man’s nimmt. Zum Zusammenhang von Rassentheorien und Humor in den Schriften von Fritz von Herzmanovksy-Orlando
[How you look at it. The relations between grotesque humour and racial theories in the writings of Fritz von Herzmanovsky-Orlando]

Gernot Waldner

Abstract


This article discusses the relationship between grotesque humor and racial theo­ries in the works of Fritz von Herzmanovsky-Orlando. The humor of his literary works comprises deviant characters and slips of the tongue, exposing a penchant for physiological and philological deviations. In his esoteric writings, ariosophic legends and etymological acumen serve to reconstruct inhabitants and languages of a fallen age. The author’s humor is thus based on political beliefs of the 1920’s, rendering him, his people and language greater than they could actually be.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.13130/1593-2508/8539

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