Ian Cooper

Religion in the German-Speaking World

Dr Ian Cooper, Lecturer in German for the Department of Modern Languages, has recently co-edited a publication titled Literature and Religion in the German-Speaking World (Cambridge University Press, 2019).

Ian says: “More than any other literature in Europe, and for deep-seated historical reasons, the German literary tradition has from its beginnings been in constant dialogue with religious ideas – whether expressing them or challenging them. This is the first book to address the meaning of that relationship across 800 years of literature in German, and shows how German-speaking culture from the medieval period to our own time has been profoundly concerned with the interconnections between the religious and the secular.”