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Scientia Poetica

Jahrbuch für Geschichte der Literatur und Wissenschaften / Yearbook for the History of Literature, Humanities and Sciences

Ed. by Albrecht, Andrea / Danneberg, Lutz / Regn, Gerhard / Schmidt-Biggemann, Wilhelm / Vollhardt, Friedrich

Editorial Board: Mahlmann, Barbara / Epple, Moritz / Fick, Monika / Grafton, Anthony / Jaumann, Herbert / Klippel, Diethelm / Kühlmann, Wilhelm / Müller, Jan-Dirk / Nisbet, Hugh Barr / Proß, Wolfgang / Schönert, Jörg / Strohschneider, Peter

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Patrick Roths Sunrise als moderne Gnosis

Silke Horstkotte
Published Online: 2013-12-18 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/scipo.2013.17.1.150


In essays, interviews and at public readings, the contemporary German writer Patrick Roth presents himself as a modern prophet whose novels open up privileged access to the collective unconscious to his readers. However, through a close reading of Roth’s most recent novel Sunrise:Das Buch Joseph, this article argues that Roth’s poetics is based less on an intuitive or unconscious participation in timeless archetypes than on a subtly crafted intertextual play with biblical and apocryphal texts. Roth’s Jungian reworking of these pretexts has important theological consequences: In place of the Christian doctrine of atonement, Sunrise instates a neognostic psycho-religion that centers on the self-salvation of the individual. The novel therefore needs to be read as an aesthetic contribution to current debates about atonement and, more generally, about Gnosticism as an alternative Christianity

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Published Online: 2013-12-18

Published in Print: 2013-12-01

Citation Information: Scientia Poetica, Volume 17, Issue 1, Pages 150–177, ISSN (Online) 1868-9418, ISSN (Print) 1431-5041, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/scipo.2013.17.1.150.

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