chapter  5
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Folz and Anti-Jewishness

The anti-Jewishness in Folz’s carnival plays is a prevalent theme in many Folz studies.1 Later studies examine his participation in the movement to expel the Jews from Nuremberg at the end of the fifteenth century.2 This includes the way characteristics of carnival transgression-the use of the crude and scatological, for example-were capable of reinforcing the official policy of the late fifteenthcentury Nuremberg council. In the case of Folz’s expressions of anti-Jewishness, and his participation in a movement to expel Jews from Nuremberg, it appears that his transgressive poetics confirmed the status quo.