The Invention of the Eyewitness: Witnessing and Testimony in Early Modern France
In an examination of eyewitness travel writing in thirteenth- through sixteenth-century France, Andrea Frisch studies the figure of the witness at a historical juncture and in a cultural context in which that figure is generally thought to have begun to assume a recognizably modern form and function.
Whereas most accounts of early modern travel literature tend to read modern presuppositions about witnessing and testimony back into the material, Frisch approaches the early modern witness in terms of the cultural legacy of the Middle Ages. Through primary readings in law and theology, Frisch documents the tension between the ethical witness (the characteristic witness of premodernity) and the epistemic witness (the modern witness) and explores the impact of that tension on the figure of the witness in pre- and early modern French-language travel literature.
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Witnessing and Testimony in Early Modern France Andrea Frisch ... The
emphasis on first - person experience as the “ essence ” of testimony is reiterated
throughout this essay and in a recent reading of Paul Celan ' s “ Aschenglorie , ”
The testimonial performance of the folklaw witness ( the dueler , certainly , but
also the compurgator ) cannot be cited without destroying its status as testimony .
Moreover , as I discuss at more length in chapter five , early written records of ...
phrase that he will reiterate in both Demeure and the essay on Celan , he
maintains that “ there is no testimony that does not at least structurally imply in
itself the possibility of fiction , simulacra , dissimulation , lie , and perjury – that is
to say ...