Empirical Form and Religious Function: Apparition Narratives of the Early English Enlightenment (Paperback)

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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 Tubingen and Heidelberg and a member of the graduate college aHoly Texts at the University of Tubingen. He is currently a freelance author.
Product Details
ISBN: 9783506703422
ISBN-10: 3506703420
Publisher: Brill Schoningh
Publication Date: March 6th, 2020
Pages: 340
Language: English