Öffnung zur Sinnlichkeit in der Hohelied- und Bibeldichtung von der protestantischen Barockmystik bis zum Pietismus
[Poetic Alchemy. The advent of sensuality in literature standing in the tradition of the Song of Songs and other Biblical sources from Protestant Baroque mysticism to pietism.]
Series:Studien zur deutschen Literatur 154
Aims and Scope
This study is the first monograph on the subject of alchemy and literature in the early modern age. In the light of the hermeticist tradition, the study urges a literal (as opposed to the traditionally allegorical) understanding of the sensual images encountered in the mystic-pietist tradition of poetry in the Song of Songs tradition. Theological and anthropological reference contexts justifying such an understanding are carefully reconstructed. Selected poems by Greiffenberg, Pordage, Leade, Arnold, Zinzendorf, and Novalis are interpreted for the first time exclusively against the backdrop of the hermeticist 'alchemy' concept.