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Mörike and the higher criticism

Abstract:

As a Protestant clergyman, Mörike was familiar with the historical study of the Bible (the 'Higher Criticism') represented by his friend David Strauss's Das Leben Jesu. He regarded it with ambivalence, agreeing in substance yet regretting its demolition of such attractive stories as the Gospel narratives of the birth of Jesus, and he found it hard to reconcile this historical understanding with his duties as a clergyman. His imaginative attraction to Christian legend was in tension with his l...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1179/174592107x224196

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
St John's 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:
47-59
Publication date:
2007
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ISSN:
0078-7191
URN:
uuid:e9f0cbaa-bcc9-4352-94ea-de7509f0f5fc
Local pid:
ora:4263

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