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Mörike's fossils: the poetics of palaeontology

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Eduard Mörike's keen interest in palaeontology is reflected in two poems which both address changing conceptions of natural time and their impact on religion, memory and imagination in the nineteenth century. Within the guise of a light-hearted Gelegenheitsgedicht, Mörike's 'Der Petrefaktensammler' explores the gulf between geological theories and human experience; the speaker's enjoyment of nature is curtailed by fossils acting as reminders of the relative brevity of human life. This realisa...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1179/174592107x224204

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
Wadham College
Department:
Humanities Division - Medieval and Modern Languages Faculty - German
Publisher:
W. S. Maney & Son Ltd Publisher's website
Journal:
Oxford German Studies Journal website
Volume:
36
Issue:
1
Pages:
60-75
Publication date:
2007
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ISSN:
0078-7191
URN:
uuid:df5af05f-0001-408e-8bfe-f111bab42c82
Local pid:
ora:4197

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