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Enduring Death In Pietism: Regulating Mourning And The New Intimacy

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In Lutheran Protestantism of the seventeenth century, the moderate expression of grief over the loss of a loved one was acceptable, and written representations of deep sadness are to be found in many genres of text. This chapter examines the representation of mourning and the pain of loss in the autobiographical writings of Pietists from the region of Württemberg. The authors, both male and female, adhere to the tenets of inner-churchly Pietism and belong, in terms of social status, to the academically educated bourgeoisie. The chapter also examines the expression in language left behind in diaries and letters by the death and loss of children and spouses. It investigates to what extent the topos of the autobiographical texts is formed by Pietism. The chapter clarifies the relationship between the pastoral-theological demands and actual human affect experienced in daily life.

Keywords: autobiographical texts; Lutheran Protestantism; Pietists; Württemberg



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