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Thomas Hardtke

Delusion - Faith - Fiction. The Pathology of Deviant Religiosity in Medical, Religious and Literary Discourse since 1800.

Thomas Hardtke

Alumnus FSGS

Email th.hardtke(at)web.de

Thomas Hardtke was born in 1984 in Greifswald. He is married and has two children. He received his university entrance diploma (Abitur) in 2003 in Zittau. From 2003 until 2004, he did civilian service at a psychiatric clinic for children and young adults. From 2004 until 2010, he studied Protestant Theology and German Language and Literature in Dresden, Rome (Pontificial University Gregoriana), and Leipzig, leading to the 1st German State Exam (teacher’s exam). He was student assistant and tutor both in Protestant Theology (Dresden) and German Literature (Leipzig). From 2006 to 2010, Thomas Hardtke was a scholarship holder of the German National Academic Foundation (Deutsche Studienstiftung). In 2013, he was awarded the Hermann Knothe memoral prize by Oberlausitzische Gesellschaft der Wissenschaften. From 2010 until 2012, he did teaching practice at Gymnasium Engelsdorf, leading to the 2nd German State Exam (teacher’s exam). From 2012 to 2016, he was graduate student at the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School and teached German and Comparative Literature. In 2016, Thomas Hardtke finished his PhD in German Literature. Since 2016, he is a teacher at Hölderlin Gymnasium in Nürtingen.

2014/2015 (winter term): Literature and madness (FU Berlin, comparative literary studies)

2013/2014 (winter term): Narratology (FU Berlin, German philology)

In order to shed light on Modernity’s discourse about the pathology of deviant religiosity, this dissertation focusses on three topoi: Marian apparition, the imitation of Christ and religiously motivated homicide, all of which foregrounding the problematic differentiation between “sound” faith and religious delusion. The dissertation does not only ask how medical, religious and literary knowledge about the pathology of deviant religiosity was being produced, received and adopted. It also analyses its constitution. The assignment of religious deviancy to medical discourse in the 19th century was reflected manifoldly in literary and religious texts, as the dissertation will show. Various interrelations between real cases, medical and religious texts as well as literary and cinematic fiction (relations that are not only unidirectional) are being explored. Also, the poetic construction and simultaneous subversion of religious mania as fiction will be examined as a metaleptic figure of thought.

Edited Volumes

Niemandsbuchten und Schutzbefohlene. Flucht-Räume und Flüchtlingsfiguren in der deutschsprachigen Gegenwartsliteratur. Ed., together with Johannes Kleine and Charlton Payne. [Deutschsprachige Gegenwartsliteratur und Medien; vol. 22.] Göttingen: V&R unipress, 2017.

Religious Experience Revisited. Expressing the Inexpressible? Ed., together with Ulrich Schmiedel and Tobias Tan. [Studies in Theology and Religion; vol. 22.] Leiden / Boston: Brill, 2016.


Articles


Weltliteratur in der deutschdidaktischen Kanondebatte. In: Michael Eggers / Christof Hamann (ed.): Komparatistik und Didaktik. Möglichkeiten des Vergleichs im Literaturunterricht. Bielefeld: Aisthesis, 2017. Forthcoming.

Der wahnsinnige Christus Redivivus. Pathologische Christusimitation in psychiatrischen und literarischen Texten der Jahrhundertwende. In: Sebastian Schüler et al. (ed.): Krise und religiöser Wahn-Sinn / Crisis and Religious Madness. Würzburg: Ergon, 2017. Forthcoming.

"Man muss gegen das Böse kämpfen." Jan Guillous Jugendroman "Evil. Das Böse" im Deutschunterricht. In: Praxis Deutsch, vol. 261 (January 2017), 36-40.

Einleitung (together with Johannes Kleine and Charlton Payne). In: Thomas Hardtke / Johannes Kleine / Charlton Payne (ed): Niemandsbuchten und Schutzbefohlene. Flucht-Räume und Flüchtlingsfiguren in der deutschsprachigen Gegenwartsliteratur. [= Deutschsprachige Gegenwartsliteratur und Medien; vol 22.] Göttingen: V&R Unipress, 2017, 9-20.

Introduction: Experience or Expression? A Puzzling Oversight (together with Ulrich Schmiedel and Tobias Tan). In: Thomas Hardtke / Ulrich Schmiedel / Tobias Tan (ed.): Religious Experience Revisited. Expressing the Inexpressible? [= Studies in Theology and Religion; vol. 21.] Leiden / Boston: Brill, 2016, 1-11.

Conclusion: Experience or Expression? Preserving the Puzzle (together with Ulrich Schmiedel and Tobias Tan). In: Thomas Hardtke / Ulrich Schmiedel / Tobias Tan (ed.): Religious Experience Revisited. Expressing the Inexpressible? [= Studies in Theology and Religion; vol. 21.] Leiden / Boston: Brill, 2016, 262-273.

Begegnungen mit dem Unheimlichen. Sich mit Hartmut Langes Novellen auseinandersetzen. In: Praxis Deutsch, vol. 255 (January 2016), 50-55.

Kanon und Weltliteratur in der Literaturdidaktik: Deutschsprachiger und US-amerikanischer Diskurs im Vergleich. In: World Literature Studies, vol. 7 (2015), 3, 55-62.

Blaupause, Komposition, unbefleckte Empfängnis. Metaphern des reproduktiven Klonens im Literaturunterricht. In: Sieglinde Grimm / Berbeli Wanning (ed.): Kulturökologie und Literaturdidaktik. Beiträge zur ökologischen Herausforderung in Literatur und Unterricht. (= Themenorientierte Literaturdidaktik; vol. 1.) Göttingen: V&R Unipress, 2015, 163-174.

Girolamo Menghi. In: Joseph Laycock (ed.): Spirit Possession around the World: Possession, Communion, and Demon Expulsion across Cultures. Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 2015, 229-231.

Deaths Resulting From Exorcism. In: Joseph Laycock (ed.): Spirit Possession around the World: Possession, Communion, and Demon Expulsion across Cultures. Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 2015, 99-104.

Die evangelische Kirchgemeinde Zittau im Dritten Reich. In: Neues Lausitzisches Magazin, vol. 137 (2015), 99-130.


Review


Jörg Lauster „Die Verzauberung der Welt“. In: Literaturkritik.de, vol. 7/2015 (online and print).