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Empirical Form and Religious Function - Apparition Narratives of the Early English Enlightenment

English, German · Paperback / Softback


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Empirical Form and Religious Function provides a fresh perspective on the rise of empirical apparition narratives in the Anglophone world of the Early Enlightenment era.Drawing on both well-established and previously unknown sources, Michael Dopffel here offers a fundamental reappraisal of one of the defining narrative genres of the 17th and 18th centuries. Intricately connected to evolving discourses of natural philosophy, Protestant religion and popular literature, the apparition narratives portrayed in this work constitute a hybrid genre whose interpretations and literary functions retained the ambiguity of their subject matter. Simultaneously an empirically approachable phenomena and a religious experience, witnesses and writers translated the spiritual characteristics of apparitions into distinct literary forms, thereby shaping conceptions of ghosts, whether factual or fictional, to this day.

About the author

Michael Dopffel was a research assistant at the Universities of Tübingen and Heidelberg and a member of the graduate college "Holy Texts" at the University of Tübingen. He is currently a freelance author.

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Authors Michael Dopffel, Michael Dopffel
Assisted by Bauer (Editor), Bauer (Editor), Matthias Bauer (Editor), Ja Stievermann (Editor), Jan Stievermann (Editor)
Publisher Brill Schöningh
Languages English, German
Product format Paperback / Softback
Released 31.03.2020
EAN 9783506703422
ISBN 978-3-506-70342-2
No. of pages 332
Dimensions 159 mm x 24 mm x 232 mm
Weight 586 g
Illustrations 3 SW-Abb., 1 Tabellen
Series Beiträge zur englischen und amerikanischen Literatur
Beiträge zur englischen und amerikanischen Literatur 38
Subjects Humanities, art, music > Linguistics and literary studies > English linguistics / literary studies

Literaturwissenschaft, Sprachwissenschaft, Linguistik, Englische Frühaufklärung; Geistererzählungen; Naturphilosophie; Literatur und Religion; Transatlantische Ideengeschichte; The Gothic

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