Heutelia

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Heutelia is a German book about a journey through Switzerland, published anonymously in 1658, and attributed to Hans Franz Veiras. It is notable as a work of baroque literature and as a critical account of social conditions in seventeenth-century Switzerland.

The book consists of fewer than 300 octavo pages. The title page, besides omitting the author's name, does not indicate where or by whom it was published. The book has been incorrectly ascribed to Jakob von Graviseth.[1]

The title, Heutelia, is an anagram of Helvetia, the Latin name of Switzerland. The invented name also evokes a Greek adjective meaning "with a full udder," thus playing on stereotypes of the Swiss as a nation of cowherds.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Friederich, Werner Paul (1937), "Jakob von Graviseth's Heutelia", PMLA 52 (4), pp. 1062–1071 .
  2. ^ Gemert, Guillaume van (1998), "Kuhschweizer und Butterfresser. Schweizer Befindlichkeit und Leitbilder schweizerischer Zukunftsorientierung in Hans Franz Veiras' Heutelia (1658)", in Enklaar, Jattie; Ester, Hans, Vivat Helvetia: Die Herausforderung einer nationalen Identität, Amsterdam: Rodopi, pp. 127–128, ISBN 978-90-420-0674-4