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Den välbehaglige syndaren: Epistel 23 och det lutherska hos Bellman
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 (Swedish)In: Samlaren: tidskrift för svensk litteraturvetenskaplig forskning, ISSN 0348-6133, E-ISSN 2002-3871, Vol. 139, p. 5-23Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

”The Pleasurable Sinner. Epistle 23 and the Lutheran Aspects of Carl Michael Bellman’s Poetry”

(Den välbehaglige syndaren. Epistel 23 och det lutherska hos Bellman)

 Through studying Epistle no 23 in Fredman’s Epistles, this article investigates the compassionate gaze in Carl Michael Bellman’s poetry. The structure of “Fredman’s Epistle No. 23, which is a Soliloquy, when Fredman lay in front of the Creep-in Tavern, opposite the Bank Building, a summer night in the year 1769” is modelled on the complaint psalms in the biblical Book of Psalms. Like these psalms Epistle 23 consists of a large portion of complaints, descriptions of a situation of need, and cries for help, followed by a sudden and unmotivated transformation and finally expressions of thankfulness and joy. The same structure also characterizes the chore of Martin Luther’s religious thinking, as shown in his On the Freedom of a Christian (1520). In a most paradoxical way the sinner is suddenly — without any doing of his own — declared righteous and pleasurable to God, thanks to the redemptive death of Christ. While still on this Earth man is simul iustus et peccator — at the same time a sinner and completely righteous. Likewise, Bellman portrays a man that is at the same time wretched, miserable and lost — and worthy, pleasurable and loveable. And this pleasurableness has nothing to do with morals. It is all grace. With this redeeming gaze — in Luther and in Bellman — also comes an appreciation of everyday earthly and bodily life. Neither in Luther nor in Bellman is that which is worthy and holy to be found in convents or churches, but instead in living rooms, streets, and even taverns and gutters, as in Epistle 23. And the light of grace shines not only on Fredman but on Bellman’s poetic world as a whole.

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2018. Vol. 139, p. 5-23
Keywords [en]
Bellman, Luther, Epistle 23, simul iustus et peccator, compassionate gaze
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Comparative Literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-71437OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-71437DiVA, id: diva2:1293900
Available from: 2019-03-05 Created: 2019-03-05 Last updated: 2019-03-21Bibliographically approved

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