Daniel Wendt, "Narrativer Nomadismus. Raum und Wissen bei Herodot (im Anschluss an Deleuze)", in: Raumwissen und Wissensräume. Beiträge des interdisziplinären Theorie-Workshops für Nachwuchswissenschaftler/innen, eTopoi. Journal for Ancient Studies, Special Volume 5 (2015), 86–109


In the Treatise on Nomadology in Thousand Plateaus (1980) Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari develop nomadism as a spacial and epistemological concept. ‘Nomadic science,’ they say, offers an event orientated access to knowledge through another relation to space and thus resists to the reproduction of stereotype discourses. The paper transfers nomadology to narratological questions and analyses some programmatic passages from Herodotus’ histories regarding the connection of space, knowledge and text. Verbs of going, seeing and hearing are of great significance within these scattered methodological statements. Herodotus stages his research as virtual journey through different places of knowledge. He presents, I would argue, his own method as a nomadic track (in contrast to didactic poetry). This leads to a different narrative and epistemic approach, towards a cartography of knowledge. Finally, by introducing the category of personal knowledge Herodotus creates a performative historiography.

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