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Joining the Slow Pilgrimage in a Second Holy Week in Autumn: A Theopoetics from the Ars Moriendi.

Cas Wepener


The article is a response to Heather Walton’s IAPT presidential address titled “A Theopoetics of Practice – Re-forming in Practical Theology.” Practices examined in this article are rituals and caring related to death and dying in literature. By making use of Ronald Grimes’ so-called fictive ritual the portrayal of rituals and caring in novels by the Afrikaans novelist Karel Schoeman are examined. As a response to Walton’s address, a theopoetics is developed from the ars moriendi in the work of Schoeman.


Dieser Aufsatz antwortet auf Heather Waltons „Presidential Address“ an die IAPT von 2017. Anhand von Belletristik thematisiert er Rituale und Fürsorgepraktiken im Umfeld von Tod und Sterben. Genauer werden mithilfe des Konzepts eines „fiktiven Rituals“ (Ronald Grimes) die Romane des afrikaanssprachigen Autoren Karel Schoeman untersucht. In Antwort auf Walton und ausgehend von der ars moriendi in Schoemans Œuvre entwickelt der Aufsatz eine eigene Theopoetik.

Published Online: 2019-03-01
Published in Print: 2019-02-28

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