The Disenchantment/Re-enchantment of the World: Aesthetics, Secularisation, and the Gods of Greece from Friedrich Schiller to Walter Pater

Lyons, S.N. (2014) The Disenchantment/Re-enchantment of the World: Aesthetics, Secularisation, and the Gods of Greece from Friedrich Schiller to Walter Pater. Modern Language Review, 109 (4). pp. 873-895. ISSN 0026-7937.

Abstract

This article charts part of the literary genealogy of Max Weber's claim that modernity is defined by the ‘disenchantment of the world’. It clarifies the relationship between Weber's disenchantment diagnosis and the gods-in-exile theme as variously rendered by Friedrich Schiller, Heinrich Heine, and Walter Pater. It also sheds light on current debates about secularization, particularly on the extent to which the concepts of the ‘pagan’ and the ‘aesthetic’ tend by turns to enable and to destabilize secularization narratives.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0441 Literary History
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of English > Centre for Victorian Literature and Culture
Depositing User: Sara Lyons
Date Deposited: 20 May 2016 13:15 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 17:24 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/55639 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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