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Title: Dualism and mediation : parallels in German literature and theology from 1910 to 1925
Author: Lincoln, Peter
ISNI:       0000 0001 3610 458X
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 1979
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The thesis attempts to provide a detailed discussion of certain aspects of a field which has been largely ignored in literary and theological histories of the early twentieth century. By means of a close analysis of individual writers and theologians it traces the emergence of a dualistic outlook which draws a sharp division between God and man, the soul and the world. In the case of the creative writers, this dualism not only permeates the ideas and themes contained in their work, but strongly influences their imagery and style. The fifth and sixth chapters endeavour to show that the religious dualism in question is the outcome of a complex interplay of social, political, intellectual and religious factors. The final two chapters examine the ways in which both writers and theologians attempt to overcome the problems discussed in the first part of the thesis. Barth and Bultmann share an a-historical view of a Christ who provides a paradoxical mediation between God and man, and this view is shown to have been prefigured in the works of Trakl and Rilke, both of whom turn to the poetic image as an intangible form of mediation between a comprehensible and an inexpressible dimension. The mediation explored in each case stems from a similar response to the problem of history, and from the attempt to point to an unassailable area immune from the relativising processes of time. Finally, suggestions are made as to how the conclusions of the analysis can be applied more broadly to the literature of the period.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: PT Germanic literature