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As a poet, Greiffenberg found in language an arsenal that she could muster in her experiences of the death of loved ones and in repeated disastrous turns of fortune. According to her stylization of her own story, Greiffenberg herself was nearly lost before she saw the light of day, before she had a mouth to speak, nearly deprived of her life mission to glorify God on earth and in all eternity. Catharina Regina von Greiffenberg did not complete her final project to write of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, yet she turned out a voluminous life's work of poetry and prose. The chapters in this volume approach the investigation of loss with an understanding that loss was not always experienced as irreversible or tragic in early modern Germany.

Keywords: Catharina Regina von Greiffenberg; early modern Germany

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