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Literary Criticism German

The Holy Fool

Christian Faith and Theology in J.M.R. Lenz

by (author) Timothy F. Pope

Publisher
McGill-Queen's University Press
Initial publish date
Nov 2003
Category
German
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780773526051
    Publish Date
    Nov 2003
    List Price
    $110.00
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9780773571419
    Publish Date
    Nov 2003
    List Price
    $95.00

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Previous studies have viewed Lenz's religion as a largely pathological phenomenon that was linked to the temporary lapses into insanity that he experienced after he was banished, at Goethe's insistence, from the court and city of Weimar. Pope reveals, however, that a dynamic shift in Lenz's faith had occurred four years before the debacle of Weimar. Coherent statements during those four years concerning the articles of his new faith, and a consistent application of faith to questions of poetry and dramatic theory, indicate that Lenz's contribution to the literary revolution of the 1770s was conditioned as much by a personal religious renewal as by enthusiasm for the aims and ideals of his generation. Theologically, Lenz's new convictions followed a path that led away from the neology of the late Enlightenment and pointed not only back to conservative traditions but also forward to the Christology of more modern times.

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University of Lethbridge

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