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Beyond the Secular: Narrativizing religious change in contemporary German novels

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address: Kirby Corner Road - University House
postcode: CV4 8UW

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 195˙454 €
 EC max contribution 195˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-03-01   to  2018-02-28


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK UK (COVENTRY) coordinator 195˙454.00


 Project objective

The death of God and the disenchantment of the world are central to self-presentations of modernity. At the dawn of the third millennium, however, the worldwide growth of religious fundamentalisms as well as the pluralisation and individualization (but not the disappearance) of faith in the West suggest the need for a more nuanced understanding of the relation between secularity, modernity and religion. This is not only a matter for empirical research in Social, Political and Religious Studies. “Modernity,” “secularity” and “religion” are, in important ways, interpretive categories shaped by cultural narratives through which individuals and societies understand their world. The project “Beyond the Secular” studies a defined corpus of such narratives: contemporary German-language novels which articulate non-secular and religious experiences and worldviews. Through an interdisciplinary methodology combining close reading and narratological analysis with contextual readings in religious sociology, theology, and political philosophy, the project seeks to determine the potential of literature for the perception and narrativization of religious change in late modern societies.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Silke Horstkotte
Der Tod des Erzählers. Thomas Hettches Nox, Thomas Lehrs Frühling und Georg Kleins Roman unserer Kindheit
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Jenseitserzählungen in der Gegenwartsliteratur 2019-06-13
2019 Silke Horstkotte
Postsäkulare Poetiken
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2017 Silke Horstkotte
Die Zeit, die endet, und das Ende der Zeit. Apokalyptisches Erzählen in Thomas Lehrs 42 und Thomas Glavinics Die Arbeit der Nacht
published pages: 403-415, ISSN: 0078-7191, DOI:
Oxford German Studies 46:4 2019-06-13

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