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Secularization and Empowerment. Four Poems on Theodicy: The Enlightenment Debate at the European Centre and the Swedish Periphery
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies (from 2013). (Kulturvetenskapliga forskargruppen)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6798-1902
2018 (English)In: Edda. Nordisk tidsskrift for litteraturforskning, ISSN 0013-0818, E-ISSN 1500-1989, Vol. 105, no 1, p. 29-43Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article analyses four 18th-century poems on the issues of theodicy and a moral world order, which were central to Enlightenment discourse and to figureheads such as Bayle, Leibniz, Voltaire and Hume. Theodicy was discussed in the leading countries of culture, England and France, as well as in peripheral countries like Switzerland and Sweden. The main focus is on the Swedish poet Hedvig Charlotta Nordenflycht. A comparison of Nordenflycht’s poems with those of Pope, von Haller and Voltaire makes clear that Nordenflycht actively engaged with the works of these leading figures, thus contributing to the worldview debate in the Enlightenment era.

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2018. Vol. 105, no 1, p. 29-43
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Hedvig Charlotta Nordenflycht, Leibniz, Secularisation, Problem of Theodicy, Enlightenment, Voltaire
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-66681DOI: 10.18261/issn.1500-1989-2018-01-03OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-66681DiVA, id: diva2:1190131
Available from: 2018-03-13 Created: 2018-03-13 Last updated: 2019-06-10

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