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Politics of the Oberammergau Passion Play
Tradition as Trademark

Edited By

Julia Stenzel


Jan Mohr

  • Available for pre-order on March 31, 2023. Item will ship after April 21, 2023
ISBN 9780367617400
April 21, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
264 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This collection provides a comprehensive overview of the Oberammergau Passion play and its history from the 19th century onwards.

Specialists in theatre and performance studies, comparative literature, theology, political studies, history, and ethnology initiate an interdisciplinary discussion of how Oberammergau has built a trademark from tradition. A typological and historical outline of this development is followed by detailed analyses of the blending of spaces, temporalities, and cultures, through which Oberammergau as an institution is stabilized while at the same time remaining open to the dynamics of historical change. The authors comprise the formation of a theatrical public sphere, literary imaginations, and layers of authenticity in modern practices of distributed communication that culminate in the notion of tradition as trademark.

This collection is analyzed from a wide spectrum of cultural historical perspectives, ranging from literary studies, theatre and performance studies to theology, political studies, and ethnology.

Table of Contents


List of Figures

Contributor Bios


Chapter 1. How to Become a Trademark. An Introduction

Jan Mohr, Julia Stenzel

Part I. Being a Trademark – Typological and Historical Outlines

Chapter 2. Comparing Singularities: The Passion Play and the Papacy

Mariano Barbato

Chapter 3. Tradition, Authority and Autonomy at the Oberammergau Passion Play, 1860

and 1890

Robert Priest

Part II. Assembly, Community, Society – Negotiating the Theatrical Public Sphere

Chapter 4. Pilgrims, Tourists and Ethnographers – on the Journey to the Passion Play Jan Mohr

Chapter 5. ‘Visit Romantic Germany in the Oberammergau Year’. Scenographic

Perspectives on the Village and its Passion Play in Travel Adverts

Dominic Zerhoch

Chapter 6. Quotations of the Passion Play Form. Oberammergau and the Nazi Thingspiele Evelyn Annuß

Chapter 7. Volksschauspiel as Trade Mark – The Oberammergau Passion Play as a

Paradigm of Imagined Folk Play

Toni Bernhart

Part III. Layers of Authenticity

Chapter 8.Jesus-Casting’ as a Public Event: Oberammergau’s Wilhelm Tell

Céline Molter

Chapter 9. Let it Grow. The Holy Hair Styles of Oberammergau.

Julia Stenzel

Part IV. Compliance and Transgression – Literary Imaginations

Chapter 10. Work on Myth, Work on the Institution. On Narrating Oberammergau (19th-

21st centuries)

Jan Mohr

Chapter 11. Constructing and Staging the Figure of Christ in Passion Play Fictions

Martin Leutzsch

Chapter 12. "What Kind of Man Must this Christ Be?" A Male Body and its Remains,

Oberammergau, 1890

Julia Stenzel

Chapter 13. Playing With Traditions. A Summary and a Glance at the Passion Play 2022
Jan Mohr, Julia Stenzel


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Julia Stenzel is Professor of Theatre Studies at the University of Mainz, Germany.

Jan Mohr is assistant professor for Medieval German Literature at LMU Munich, Germany.