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Thomas Hardtke

Religious delusion: Literary, medical and theological discourses on the psychopathology of deviant religiosity since 1800.
 

Thomas Hardtke

Alumnus FSGS

Email thomas.hardtke@fu-berlin.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). From 2010 until 2012, he did teaching practice at Gymnasium Engelsdorf, leading to the 2nd German State Exam (teacher’s exam). Since October 2012 he has been writing his dissertation at the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School.

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

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

Within the scope of my dissertation project, I examine three phenomena which all are characterized by an epistemological instability. All three phenomena are caught between a pathologising interpretation, reading the phenomenon as religious delusion, and a religious interpretation, reading the phenomenon as an expression of a religious experience. Firstly, I examine modern Marian apparitions and their pathologisation as hallucinations. Secondly, I examine excessive forms of following Christ and their pathologisation as messianic delusions. Thirdly, I examine religiously motivated killings and their pathologisation as delusional murders. I consider how these phenomena and their epistemological instability are negotiated in certain discourses (medicine, theology, literature, film). Furthermore, I investigate rhetorical and poetical techniques verbalizing those experiences which on the one hand are interpreted as religious by the experiencing subject, and which on the other hand are interpreted as pathological by the environment of the subject.

Edited Volume

Flüchtlinge in der deutschsprachigen Gegenwartsliteratur. Ed., together with Johannes Kleine and Charlton Payne. Göttingen: V&R unipress, 2016. Forthcoming.

Hermeneutics of Religious Experience. Ed., together with Ulrich Schmiedel and Tobias Tan. Leiden: Brill, 2016. Forthcoming.

 

Articles

Weltliteratur und Literaturunterricht: Ein Forschungsüberblick. In: Michael Eggers / Christof Hamann (ed.): Komparatistik und Didaktik. Möglichkeiten des Vergleichs im Literaturunterricht. Bielefeld: Aisthesis, 2016. Forthcoming.

Der wahnsinnige Christus Redivivus. Pathologische Christusimitation in psychiatrischen und literarischen Texten der Jahrhundertwende. In: Sebastian Schüler (ed.): Krise und religiöser Wahn-Sinn / Crisis and Religious Madness. Würzburg: Ergon, 2016. Forthcoming.

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).