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Ritual Rebellion and Social Inversion in Alpine Austria: Rethinking the "Perchtenlauf" in its Relationship to the Carnivalesque

Abstract The "Perchtenlauf," a multi-faceted procession of masked participants found in the eastern Alps, has been the subject of considerable discourse and often debate within European ethnology since the mid-19th century. While often viewed from a mythological perspective and characterized as a relic of pre-Christian cult practices, only recently have scholars begun to examine its connection with Carnival. Research of this kind calls for an in-depth analysis of the "Perchtenlauf" that is informed by Bakhtin's theory of the carnivalesque, an aesthetic of festive merriment and the release from social restrictions which is embodied by Carnival traditions. A carnivalesque reading of the "Perchtenlauf" reveals a tradit... (more)
Created Date 2014
Contributor Natko, David (Author) / Alexander, John (Advisor) / Gilfillan, Daniel (Committee member) / Horwath, Peter (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject European studies / Cultural anthropology / Austria / Carnivalesque / Carnival Processions / Perchtenlauf / Ritual Rebellion
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 113 pages
Language English
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Note M.A. German 2014
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

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