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Remaking the Rhythms of LifeGerman Communities in the Age of the Nation-State$
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Oliver Zimmer

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199571208

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571208.001.0001

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Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi

(p.254) 7 Corpus Christi
Remaking the Rhythms of Life

Oliver Zimmer

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the Catholic Corpus Christi processions, conceived as the ritual performance of an alternative rhythm of life. For liberals the schedules of progress, as enacted, for instance, by the urban tramway, were worthy objects of protection. Differing markedly from the nationalist temporality enacted by the Sedan Day parades, the Corpus Christi processions on occasions disrupted these schedules. Yet whilst the rituals that were performed on Sedan Day and Corpus Christi day differed, they were not incommensurate. The Corpus Christi processions demonstrate that contestation was conducive to maintaining a dialogue between two distinctive emotional communities. Beneath the rhetorical battles characterizing the German culture war, there thus emerged a search for a shared rhythm of life, one in which the languages of nationalism and of Christianity acted as facilitators

Keywords:   corpus christi, processions, ultramontanism, liberal nationalism, kultlurkampf, tramway, catholics, protestants, Jews, schedules, rhythm

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