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Zur Münchhausen-Rezeption in Portugal

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Abstract

This paper aims to show the most important tendencies of the first Portuguese version of the famous and wondrous adventures of the baron of M&#252;nchhausen. This is an untitled text which was published by Jos&#233; Daniel Rodrigues da Costa in <i>Almocreve de Petas</i> (1797&#8211;1800), at that time a well-known and very popular magazine. After concluding that the Portuguese adaptation is somehow due not to R. E. Raspe&#8217;s but to G. A. B&#252;rger&#8217;s version, the author analyzes some representative changes introduced by Rodrigues da Costa, relating them to the specific production and reception conditions which existed in late 18th century Portugal. As a matter of fact, in an act (perhaps) of self-censorship and (certainly) of adaptation to the conventional taste of the readers, the hero&#8217;s social status was transformed and all socio-political, erotic and ethical-religious issues were eradicated from the text.

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