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In Memory of Virtue: The Swedish Masonic Eloge of the Eighteenth-Century
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Literature, Rhetoric.
2012 (English)In: Journal for Research into Freemasonry and Fraternalism, ISSN 1757-2460 (print), 1757-2479 (online), no 2Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article presents an examination of formal and principal ideas of printed masonic orations of praise, so-called ‘eloges’ (eulogies, also called ‘laudatio’ or ‘encomium’). It contextualizes the tradition of memorial lodges in Swedish freemasonry during the eighteenth century and argues for that ceremonial orations of the memorial lodges can be interpreted as a kind of secularized form of the aristocratic funeral oration, as well as a rhetorical subgenre to the panegyric eloges held in French and Swedish academies. It is also demonstrated how the idea of personal resurrection challenged deistic views and how light symbolism expressed this figure of thought. At last, it is argued that the functions of the bourgeois memorial ceremonies in the lodges were to socialize the brethren into and to unite them around key concepts of honour and virtue, as well as to royalist politics stressing loyal patriotism.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sheffield: Equinox Publishing, 2012. no 2
Keyword [en]
Freemasonry, Fraternalism, Rhetoric, Death, Ideology
Keyword [sv]
Frimureri, fraternalism, retorik, retorikhistoria, död, ideologi, 1700-tal
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-184555OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-184555DiVA: diva2:566606
The Temple of Immortality. Moral, Mysticism and Masculinity in the Swedish Order of Freemasons 1735-1796. (Odödlighetens tempel. Moral, mystik och maskulinitet inom Svenska Frimurare Orden 1735-1796)
Swedish Research Council, 2010-6675
Available from: 2012-11-09 Created: 2012-11-09 Last updated: 2014-03-14

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