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  • 1.
    Cöllen, Sebastian
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
    Can science be enchanting?: Ways to a phenomenology of religion in the post-modern age2008In: ZjR - Zeitschrift für junge Religionswissenschaft, ISSN 1862-5886, E-ISSN 1862-5886, Vol. 1/2008, no III, p. 28-42Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Writing dissertations, papers, or articles on a variety of religions, often foreign to us, sometimes even extinct, we more often than not find ourselves between two opposing theoretical camps, each deprecating the other, one being accused of »colonizing the Other,« the second of promoting a boundless relativism. Why does scientific explanation tend to »disenchant« its objects (Weber)? And what is the option, assuming we want to revert neither to the romantic Nacherlebnisof Dilthey, nor to the relativism inherent in much post-modernist work? I would like to investigate possible ways between these camps and will venture a third option, one that tries to evade the old and influential dichotomy of (subjective) interpretation and (objective) explanation.

  • 2.
    Cöllen, Sebastian
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, History of Religions.
    Der rätselhafte Gott: Heimdallr im Licht altnordischer Vorstellungen von Ahnen und Ordnung2011Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This dissertation aims at a deeper understanding of the character of the Old West Norse god Heimdallr and of his function in the mythological traditions. The need for a new study of this god is indicated by the fact that the more than a century old description of him in the secondary literature as “the enigmatic god” is still standing. In contrast to much of the earlier research, the previous study attempts to examine the god primarily through the society in which the traditions pertaining to him were handed down. The category guiding the comparisons of the study is Heimdallr’s relatively early documented quality as an ancestor. The study shows that Heimdallr in pre-Christian time probably represented a more clearly definable and eminent figure than is often believed. In the traditions pertaining to him are, among other things, ideas on descent and order reflected.

  • 3.
    Cöllen, Sebastian
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, History of Religions.
    Der Ursprung des Feuers in nordgermanischer Mythologie: Studien zu Húsdrápa 22007In: Arkiv för nordisk filologi, ISSN 0066-7668, Vol. 122, p. 59-78Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article addresses the complicated second strophe of the ON. poem . It stresses the fact that Snorri Sturluson is not only our source to the strophe but also himself an interpretor of it. This brings me back to an earlier suggestion that the -- from Snorri on -- supposed location Singasteinn could actually be an object, a possibility that leads me to propose a new linguistic interpretation. Finally, the sontent is put into a larger comparative myth complex which would suit the actors of the strophe, and also help us to a fuller understanding of its meaning.

  • 4.
    Cöllen, Sebastian
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
    Djuret på tröskeln: Hunden i germansk religion2009In: Hunden i kult och religion: På gränsen mellan heligt och profant / [ed] Jenny Berglund & Ingvar Svanberg, Daidalos , 2009, p. 59-77Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    The dog as a symbol of "liminality" in Germanic religion

  • 5. Cöllen, Sebastian
    Dvärgen som hamnskiftare: Till förståelsen av det fornvästnordiska dvärgnamnet Litr2004In: Saga och sed: Kungl. Gustav Adolfs Akademiens årsbok, ISSN 0586-5360, p. 137-144Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 6.
    Cöllen, Sebastian
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Modern Languages.
    Ein bernde saf der minnen bluote: Bildsprache und Isotopie im Dienst der Rhetorik in Wahsmuot von Mülnhusen IV2015In: ”Ein Ewigs Feuer dir entbrant”: Germanistische Studien zu Sprache, Literatur und Kultur. Festschrift für Prof. Dr. Bo Anderson zum 60. Geburtstag / [ed] Dessislava Stoeva-Holm, Uppsala: Uppsala universitet, 2015, p. 31-44Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 7.
    Cöllen, Sebastian
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Modern Languages.
    Gefiolierte blüte kunst: Eine kognitionslinguistisch orientierte Untersuchung zur Metaphorik in Frauenlobs Marienleich2018Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Heinrich of Meißen, also known as Frauenlob († 1318), is a central figure in Middle High German literature. As is evident from its early reception, his work was highly admired in the middle ages. In research literature, however, his ‘obscure’ poetry initially was faced with a lack of understanding.

    The main challenge for comprehending Frauenlob lies in his rich metaphorics. However, despite the importance of the metaphors in Frauenlob’s work, the question about their role in the construction of meaning was not seriously raised until the last decades and has not yet been thoroughly investigated. This problem is all the more serious as Frauenlob’s poetry, which has often been attributed with a seemingly ‘modern’ ambivalence, is at the centre of the recent debate of the historicity of metaphor. His poetry offers a fruitful empirical entry to the important issues whether metaphors are interpreted today in the same way as in the middle ages, and whether modern theories of metaphor are adequate for the historical analysis of medieval metaphorics.

    The present study aims to describe and explain how the metaphors in Frauenlob’s Marienleich functions. It is shown that the traditional substitution account of metaphor leads to a reductionist view of the construction of meaning in this text. The modern interaction account also contains aspects whose suitability with regard to the medieval expectations on the production of meaning can be questioned. As an alternative, the present investigation proposes a context sensitive analytic model based on cognitive linguistics that tries to preserve the hermeneutic difference to Frauenlob’s Marienleich. This cognitive perspective, which is here applied to Frauenlob’s work for the first time, enables a more precise description and explanation of how the metaphorical meaning is constructed than was hitherto possible. The result shows that, whereas Frauenlob’s poetry may not be as modern as is sometimes believed, the metaphors in his Marienleich are much more than an artistic show-off; rather, they represent an efficient means of actualising a complex religious meaning.

  • 8.
    Cöllen, Sebastian
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Modern Languages.
    Germanska dödsberg2014In: Vägar till insikt och utsikt: Berg i religiösa traditioner / [ed] Eva Hellman och Lena Roos, Skellefteå: Artos & Norma bokförlag, 2014, p. 73-92Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    This paper gives a survey of the Germanic conception of a mountain into which the dead were thought to go in the afterlife. I start with investigating the Icelandic saga material, where the idea of the mountain of the dead is frequent. The study then takes the reader to continental Germanic speaking Europe in early Christian time. Here, elements such as the famous King Arthur and, eventually, emperors such as Charlemagne and Frederick II were added to the myth. Incorporated were also chiliastic notions of  the Last Days and the final return of the (salvational) emperor from within the mountain. Finally, the paper looks briefly at the modern reception of the myth in romantic and nationalistic Germany, and ends with the picture of Adolf Hitler shortly before the outbreak of World War II, looking out over Untersberg, the home of the slumbering Emperor Barbarossa, who was expected to return in the final days...

  • 9.
    Cöllen, Sebastian
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Modern Languages.
    Heimdallr – der rätselhafte Gott: Eine philologische und religionsgeschichtliche Untersuchung2015Book (Other academic)
  • 10.
    Cöllen, Sebastian
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Modern Languages.
    Heimdallr in Hyndlu­ljóð: The role and function of the ‘enigmatic god’ in an enigmatic poem2017In: Therizing Old Norse myth / [ed] Stefan Brink, Lisa Collinson, Turnhout: Brepols, 2017, p. 88-103Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The present study will exemplify the relevance of a philological approach to the study of myth through a text-based examination of the role and function of the enigmatic god Heimdallr in a no less enigmatic source, the Eddic poem Hyndluljóð. Since this text is text imbued with genealogical content, the analysis will employ emic conceptual models concerning affnity and descent in order to shed light on its meaning. I shall first try to establish the status of Hyndluljóð as source material; next, provide an analysis of its main theme; and finally, turn to the question of Heimdallr’s role in the text

  • 11.
    Cöllen, Sebastian
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Modern Languages.
    J. M. van der Laan und Andrew Weeks (Hrsg.): The Faustian Century. German Literature and Culture in the Age of Luther and Faustus (Studies in German Literature, Linguistics, and Culture). Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2013. ISBN 978-1-57113-552-0. XII + 399 S2014In: Studia Neophilologica, ISSN 0039-3274, E-ISSN 1651-2308, Vol. 86, no 2, p. 225-231Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 12.
    Cöllen, Sebastian
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Modern Languages, German.
    Minne und Metapher: Die Lichtmetaphorik Heinrichs von Morungen in kognitionslinguistischer Beleuchtung2012In: Studia Neophilologica, ISSN 0039-3274, E-ISSN 1651-2308, Vol. 84/2, p. 201-220Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 13.
    Cöllen, Sebastian
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Modern Languages.
    Myten om Þórs fisketur2010In: Chaos: skandinavisk tidsskrift for religionshistoriske studier, ISSN 0108-4453, E-ISSN 1901-9106, Vol. 54, no 2, p. 43-66Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The well-known Old Norse narrative about how the god Þórr fishes the “Serpent of Middle Earth” out of the depths of the waters was obviously widely spread in pre-Christian and early Christian times. The sources in which this narrative is preserved reach from Gosforth in the west to Altuna in the east and span over at least three centuries. The narrative therefore raises interesting questions about continuity, reception, adaptation, and interpretation. This article tries to address these questions through a survey of the forms of the narrative as preserved in the extant sources.

  • 14.
    Cöllen, Sebastian
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
    Zum Geschlecht der Personen in Rígsþula 28. 29: Kurze Bemerkungen zu einer Neudeutung2010In: Collegium Medievale, ISSN 0801-9282, E-ISSN 2387-6700, Vol. 22, p. 3-12Article in journal (Refereed)
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