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Tears that make the heart shine? “Godly Sadness” in Pietism

Damrau, Peter (2012) Tears that make the heart shine? “Godly Sadness” in Pietism. In: Cosgrave, M. and Richards, Anna (eds.) Sadness and Melancholy in Modern German-Language Literature and Culture. Edinburgh German Yearbooks 6. Rochester, U.S.: Boydell and Brewer. ISBN 9781571135285.

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Book synopsis: Established, commissioned, and edited by the Department of German at the University of Edinburgh, the Edinburgh German Yearbook is the only peer-reviewed German Studies publication that each year invites scholarly contributions on a single topic of current challenge to the field. Volume 6's focus, sadness, is a broad term denoting a universal human affect - in a very general sense an anthropological constant, but expressed differently in specific historical epochs. This volume investigates the often subversive function and meaning of sadness in German-language literature and culture from the eighteenth century to the present, where it has fallen from the earlier grandiose heights of melancholy genius and artistic creativity to become the embarrassing other of a Western civilization that prizes happiness as the mark of successful modern living. Along with essays on canonical figures including Goethe and Thomas Mann, the volume features studies of sadness in lesser-known writers such as Jenny Erpenbeck and Julia Schoch.

Item Type: Book Section
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Arts > Cultures and Languages
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Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2012 10:20
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2014 13:01
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/5090

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