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Aesthetics of Protestantism in Northern Europe

Editors: Joachim Grage Thomas Mohnike Lena Rohrbach
Publishing Manager: Quinten Vervecken
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ISSN 2983-922X

Method of peer review
double-blind undertaken by an external specialist (i.c. appointed by the Board)

Protestantism, Aesthetics, Secularization, Northern Europe, 1500 to today, Cultural Studies, Scandinavian Studies

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The book series publishes investigations in the significance of Protestantism for the aesthetics of Nordic cultures and thereby helps to remedy what Inger Hammar had termed the "religion-blindness" of Cultural Studies. The Reformation was established and institutionalized in the Nordic countries statewide and enduringly within a few decades as the state church either until now or until very recently. This was not only one of the most important political factors in the political, social and ecclesiastical history of Scandinavia, but it has also had a deep impact on cultural life in all its forms until today: on literature, visual arts, music, on both high and popular culture, on cultural, political and educational practices. The repercussions concern content (presence of Christian inter-texts) and form: We might detect a predilection for simplicity, logocentrism, purism, worldliness as obligation, tension between individualism and collectivism and in consequence a tendency to prefer aesthetic forms as subjective poetry, autobiography and engaged literature. Protestantism as a common denominator of Nordic cultures calls attention to the significant common ground of different characteristics and developments, on special features compared with other cultural areas and on the tension-filled dynamics of Nordic cultures on the background of other transnational developments.


    Editorial Board:
    Giuliano D'Amico (Oslo, Norway)
    Joachim Grage (Freiburg, Germany)
    Claudia Lindén (Södertörn, Sweden)
    Joachim Schiedermair (Munich, Germany)
    Sophie Wennerscheid (Copenhagen, Denmark)


    Main Language: English

    Double-blind undertaken by an external specialist (i.e. one appointed by  the Board)

    All volumes in this series are evaluated by an Editorial Board, strictly on academic grounds, based on reports prepared by referees who have been commissioned by virtue of their specialism in the appropriate field. The Board ensures that the screening is done independently and without conflicts of interest. The definitive texts supplied by authors are also subject to review by the Board before being approved for publication.

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