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Poetics of the Flesh

Poetics of the Flesh

  • Author: Mayra Rivera
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780822359876
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 208
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Mayra Rivera outlines the relationship between the ways ancient Christian thinkers and Western philosophers conceive of the "body" and "flesh." Rivera's analysis furthers developments in new materialism and helps us to better understand the influence of Christian texts on contemporary theorizations of social structure, gender, race, and faith.

Poetics of the Incarnation

Poetics of the Incarnation

Middle English Writing and the Leap of Love

  • Author: Cristina Maria Cervone
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
  • ISBN: 0812207475
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 320
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The Gospel of John describes the Incarnation of Christ as "the Word made flesh"—an intriguing phrase that uses the logic of metaphor but is not traditionally understood as merely symbolic. Thus the conceptual puzzle of the Incarnation also draws attention to language and form: what is the Word; how is it related to language; how can the Word become flesh? Such theological questions haunt the material imagery engaged by medieval writers, the structural forms that give their writing shape, and even their ideas about language itself. In Poetics of the Incarnation, Cristina Maria Cervone examines the work of fourteenth-century writers who, rather than approaching the mystery of the Incarnation through affective identification with the Passion, elected to ponder the intellectual implications of the Incarnation in poetical and rhetorical forms. Cervone argues that a poetics of the Incarnation becomes the grounds for working through the philosophical and theological implications of language, at a point in time when Middle English was emerging as a legitimate, if contested, medium for theological expression. In brief lyrics and complex narratives, late medieval English writers including William Langland, Julian of Norwich, Walter Hilton, and the anonymous author of the Charters of Christ took the relationship between God and humanity as a jumping-off point for their meditations on the nature of language and thought, the elision between the concrete and the abstract, the complex relationship between acting and being, the work done by poetry itself in and through time, and the meaning latent within poetical forms. Where Passion-devoted writing would focus on the vulnerability and suffering of the fleshly body, these texts took imaginative leaps, such as when they depict the body of Christ as a lily or the written word. Their Incarnational poetics repeatedly call attention to the fact that, in theology as in poetics, form matters.

Poetic Theology

Poetic Theology

God and the Poetics of Everyday Life

  • Author: William A. Dyrness
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
  • ISBN: 080286578X
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 338
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What are the poetics of everyday life ? What can they teach us about God? Art, music, dance, and writing can certainly be poetic, but so can such diverse pastimes as fishing, skiing, or attending sports events. Any and all activities that satisfy our fundamental need for play, for celebration, and for ritual, says William Dyrness, are inherently poetic and in Poetic Theology he demonstrates that all such activities are places where God is active in the world. All of humanity s creative efforts, Dyrness points out, testify to our intrinsic longing for joy and delight and our deep desire to connect with others, with the created order, and especially with the Creator. This desire is rooted in the presence and calling of God in and through the good creation. With extensive reflection on aesthetics in spirituality, worship, and community development, Dyrness s Poetic Theology will be useful for all who seek fresh and powerful new ways to communicate the gospel in contemporary society. William Dyrness s bold invitation to a poetic theology shaped by Scripture, tradition, and imagination one luring us toward a fuller participation in beauty than argument or concept alone allow reminds us that truth itself is beautiful to behold and poetic to the core. . . . If poetry is in its deepest reflex an intensification of life, then Dyrness s call for a poetic theology is one we ignore at our peril, reminding us that faithful living is not only about proper thinking but also and, perhaps, more properly about the texture of our living and the quality of our loving. Mark S. Burrows Andover Newton Theological School Makes a strong case for aesthetics as one of the avenues used by God to draw human beings near to him and his glory. . . . A wonderful journey through Reformed spirituality and a wake-up call for Reformed theology. Cornelius van der Kooi Free University, Amsterdam

Sacramental Poetics at the Dawn of Secularism

Sacramental Poetics at the Dawn of Secularism

When God Left the World

  • Author: Regina Mara Schwartz
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • ISBN: 9780804779555
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 216
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Sacramental Poetics at the Dawn of Secularism asks what happened when the world was shaken by challenges to the sacred order as people had known it, an order that regulated both their actions and beliefs. When Reformers gave up the doctrine of transubstantiation (even as they held onto revised forms of the Eucharist), they lost a doctrine that infuses all materiality, spirituality, and signification with the presence of God. That presence guaranteed the cleansing of human fault, the establishment of justice, the success of communication, the possibility of union with God and another, and love. These longings were not lost but displaced, Schwartz argues, onto other cultural forms in a movement from ritual to the arts, from the sacrament to the sacramental. Investigating the relationship of the arts to the sacred, Schwartz returns to the primary meaning of "sacramental" as "sign making," noting that because the sign always points beyond itself, it participates in transcendence, and this evocation of transcendence, of mystery, is the work of a sacramental poetics.

The Touch of Transcendence

The Touch of Transcendence

A Postcolonial Theology of God

  • Author: Mayra Rivera
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 186
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How far away is God? How different is God from human beings? This is the theological question of transcendence, and theology has long struggled to find answers that affirm a human relationship with God. In this provocative new work, Mayra Rivera's answer is that God is not within human grasp but is always within human touch. With a strikingly relevant concept of God as transcendent within--transcendence different from the ideas of God as far away, as outside human life and experience, or as above the human plane of existence--Rivera concentrates on transcendence as a relationship and uses it to describe how humans can touch God. In doing so, she engages a number of theological movements, including liberation theology, Radical Orthodoxy, feminism, and postcolonialism.

Poetics of Cinema

Poetics of Cinema

  • Author: David Bordwell
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1135867801
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 512
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Bringing together twenty-five years of work on what he has called the "historical poetics of cinema," David Bordwell presents an extended analysis of a key question for film studies: how are films made, in particular historical contexts, in order to achieve certain effects? For Bordwell, films are made things, existing within historical contexts, and aim to create determinate effects. Beginning with this central thesis, Bordwell works out a full understanding of how films channel and recast cultural influences for their cinematic purposes. With more than five hundred film stills, Poetics of Cinema is a must-have for any student of cinema.

Spirit and the Obligation of Social Flesh

Spirit and the Obligation of Social Flesh

A Secular Theology for the Global City

  • Author: Sharon V. Betcher
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 0823253902
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 312
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Betcher offers philosophical reflection worked through spiritual and religious values, then turned toward somatic practice, for living amidst the affective dynamics of the city street. Theology here turns decidedly secular.

Bloodrites of the Post-Structuralists

Bloodrites of the Post-Structuralists

Word Flesh and Revolution

  • Author: Anne Norton
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1136062742
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 216
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How do you write history when it's no longer linear? In Bloodrites of the Post-Structuralists, respected political theorist Anne Norton reminds us of the real interplay between words (laws, scriptures, myths, and texts), and the world of flesh. Drawing from sources as diverse as foundational myths from Sarah in the bible, Marat in his death bath, and thinkers like Hegel and Foucault, Norton reinterprets the relationship between word and flesh and places it in historical context. The French and English Revolutions, as well as the period of anti-colonialism and post-colonialism are used to frame her discussion of word and body, and their historical significance.

Against Ethics

Against Ethics

Contributions to a Poetics of Obligation with Constant Reference to Deconstruction

  • Author: John D. Caputo
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • ISBN: 9780253114877
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 292
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"Against Ethics is beautifully written, clever, learned, thought-provoking, and even inspiring." -- Theological Studies "Writing in the form of his ideas, Caputo offers the reader a truly exquisite reading experience.... his iconic style mirrors a truly refreshing honesty that draws the reader in to play." -- Quarterly Journal of Speech "Against Ethics is, in my judgment, one of the most important works on philosophical ethics that has been written in recent years.... Caputo speaks with a passion and a concern that are rare in academic philosophy. His profound sense of humor deepens the passion of the viewpoints he develops." -- Mark C. Taylor "Obligation happens!" declares Caputo in this brilliant and witty postmodern critique of ethics, framed as a contemporary restaging of Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling.

Shake, Rattle and Roll: Yugoslav Rock Music and the Poetics of Social Critique

Shake, Rattle and Roll: Yugoslav Rock Music and the Poetics of Social Critique

  • Author: Dalibor Mišina
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 131705671X
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 258
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From the late-1970s to the late-1980s rock music in Yugoslavia had an important social and political purpose of providing a popular cultural outlet for the unique forms of socio-cultural critique that engaged with the realities and problems of life in Yugoslav society. The three music movements that emerged in this period - New Wave, New Primitives, and New Partisans - employed the understanding of rock music as the 'music of commitment' (i.e. as socio-cultural praxis premised on committed social engagement) to articulate the critiques of the country's 'new socialist culture', with the purpose of helping to eliminate the disconnect between the ideal and the reality of socialist Yugoslavia. This book offers an analysis of the three music movements and their particular brand of 'poetics of the present' in order to explore the movements' specific forms of socio-cultural engagement with Yugoslavia's 'new socialist culture' and demonstrate that their cultural praxis was oriented towards the goal of realizing the genuine Yugoslav socialist-humanist community 'in the true measure of man'. Thus, the book's principal argument is that the driving force behind the music of commitment was, although critical, a fundamentally constructive disposition towards the progressive ideal of socialist Yugoslavia.

Made Flesh

Made Flesh

Sacrament and Poetics in Post-Reformation England

  • Author: Kimberly Johnson
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
  • ISBN: 0812209400
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 248
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During the Reformation, the mystery of the Eucharist was the subject of contentious debate and a nexus of concerns over how the material might embody the sublime and how the absent might be made present. For Kimberly Johnson, the question of how exactly Christ can be present in bread and wine is fundamentally an issue of representation, and one that bears directly upon the mechanics of poetry. In Made Flesh, she explores the sacramental conjunction of text with materiality and word with flesh through the peculiar poetic strategies of the seventeenth-century English lyric. Made Flesh examines the ways in which the works of John Donne, George Herbert, Richard Crashaw, Edward Taylor, and other devotional poets explicitly engaged in issues of signification, sacrament, worship, and the ontological value of the material world. Johnson reads the turn toward interpretively obstructive and difficult forms in the seventeenth-century English lyric as a strategy to accomplish what the Eucharist itself cannot: the transubstantiation of absence into perceptual presence by emphasizing the material artifact of the poem. At its core, Johnson demonstrates, the Reformation debate about the Eucharist was an issue of semiotics, a reimagining of the relationship between language and materiality. The self-asserting flourishes of technique that developed in response to sixteenth-century sacramental controversy have far-reaching effects, persisting from the post-Reformation period into literary postmodernity.

The Decolonial Abyss

The Decolonial Abyss

Mysticism and Cosmopolitics from the Ruins

  • Author: An Yountae
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0823273105
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: N.A
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The Decolonial Abyss probes the ethico-political possibility harbored in Western philosophical and theological thought for addressing the collective experience of suffering, socio-political trauma, and colonial violence. In order to do so, it builds a constructive and coherent thematization of the somewhat obscurely defined and underexplored mystical figure of the abyss as it occurs in Neoplatonic mysticism, German Idealism, and Afro-Caribbean philosophy. The central question An Yountae raises is, How do we mediate the mystical abyss of theology/philosophy and the abyss of socio-political trauma engulfing the colonial subject? What would theopoetics look like in the context where poetics is the means of resistance and survival? This book seeks to answer these questions by examining the abyss as the dialectical process in which the self's dispossession before the encounter with its own finitude is followed by the rediscovery or reconstruction of the self.

The Poetics of Transubstantiation

The Poetics of Transubstantiation

From Theology to Metaphor

  • Author: Douglas Burnham
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1351884115
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 200
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The essays in this collection explore the concept of 'transubstantiation', its adaptations and transformations in English and European culture from the Elizabethans to the twentieth century. Favoring an interartistic and comparative perspective, a wide range of critical approaches, from the philosophical to the semiological, from cultural materialism to gender and queer studies, are brought to bear on authors ranging from Descartes, Shakespeare and Joyce, to Macpherson, Madox Ford, and Winterson, as well as on contemporary sculpture and an Italian adaptation of Conrad for the screen in an unusually comic vein. The volume, edited by Douglas Burnham of Staffordshire University and by Enrico Giaccherini of Pisa University, will be of interest to those concerned with the cultural history of Christianity and with the remarkable critical and theoretical insights generated by contemporary approaches to this traditional theme.

Readings

Readings

The Poetics of Blanchot, Joyce, Kafka, Kleist, Lispector, and Tsvetayeva

  • Author: Hélène Cixous
  • Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
  • ISBN: 1452900515
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 156
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Four striking and novel textual studies of major literary figures and emergent authors. Selected from Cixous's seminars taught between 1980 and 1986 at the Universite de Paris VIII (Saint-Denis) and at the College International de Philosphie, the texts chronicle the French intellectual scene with its shifting tastes over the decade following May 1968. Edited, translated, and introduced by Verena Andermatt Conley. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Exhibiting Cultures

Exhibiting Cultures

The Poetics and Politics of Museum Display

  • Author: Ivan Karp
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Institution
  • ISBN: 1588343693
  • Category: Art
  • Page: 480
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Debating the practices of museums, galleries, and festivals, Exhibiting Cultures probes the often politically charged relationships among aesthetics, contexts, and implicit assumptions that govern how art and artifacts are displayed and understood. The contributors—museum directors, curators, and scholars in art history, folklore, history, and anthropology—represent a variety of stances on the role of museums and their function as intermediaries between the makers of art or artifacts and the eventual viewers. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Museum of Words

Museum of Words

The Poetics of Ekphrasis from Homer to Ashbery

  • Author: James A. W. Heffernan
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN: 9780226323145
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 249
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Ekphrasis is the art of describing works of art, the verbal representation of visual representation. Profoundly ambivalent, ekphrastic poetry celebrates the power of the silent image even as it tries to circumscribe that power with the authority of the word. Over the ages its practitioners have created a museum of words about real and imaginary paintings and sculptures. In the first book ever to explore this museum, James Heffernan argues that ekphrasis stages a battle for mastery between the image and the word. Moving from the epics of Homer, Virgil, and Dante to contemporary American poetry, this book treats the history of struggle between rival systems of representation. Readable and well illustrated, this study of how poets have represented painting and sculpture is a major contribution to our understanding of the relation between the arts.

Creaturely Poetics

Creaturely Poetics

Animality and Vulnerability in Literature and Film

  • Author: Anat Pick
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • ISBN: 9780231519854
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 264
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Simone Weil once wrote that "the vulnerability of precious things is beautiful because vulnerability is a mark of existence," establishing a relationship between vulnerability, beauty, and existence transcending the separation of species. Her conception of a radical ethics and aesthetics could be characterized as a new poetics of species, forcing a rethinking of the body's significance, both human and animal. Exploring the "logic of flesh" and the use of the body to mark species identity, Anat Pick reimagines a poetics that begins with the vulnerability of bodies, not the omnipotence of thought. Pick proposes a "creaturely" approach based on the shared embodiedness of humans and animals and a postsecular perspective on human-animal relations. She turns to literature, film, and other cultural texts, challenging the familiar inventory of the human: consciousness, language, morality, and dignity. Reintroducing Weil's elaboration of such themes as witnessing, commemoration, and collective memory, Pick identifies the animal within all humans, emphasizing the corporeal and its issues of power and freedom. In her poetics of the creaturely, powerlessness is the point at which aesthetic and ethical thinking must begin.

The Poetics of DNA

The Poetics of DNA

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
  • ISBN: 1452913056
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Slavic Sins of the Flesh

Slavic Sins of the Flesh

Food, Sex, and Carnal Appetite in Nineteenth-Century Russian Fiction

  • Author: Ronald D. LeBlanc
  • Publisher: UPNE
  • ISBN: 158465824X
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 356
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A pathbreaking "gastrocritical" approach to the poetics of Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and their contemporaries

Merleau-Ponty and the Face of the World

Merleau-Ponty and the Face of the World

Silence, Ethics, Imagination, and Poetic Ontology

  • Author: Glen A. Mazis
  • Publisher: SUNY Press
  • ISBN: 1438462328
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 416
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Assesses Merleau-Ponty’s contribution to ethics as calling for a poetic interplay between perception and imagination, and between silence and solidarity, that reveals our place in the world, and our obligations to ourselves and others. Before his death in 1961, Merleau-Ponty worried about what he saw as humanity’s increasingly self-enclosed and manipulative way of experiencing self, others, and the world—the consequences of which remain apparent in our destructive inability to connect with others within and across cultures. In Merleau-Ponty and the Face of the World, Glen A. Mazis provides an overall consideration of Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy that brings out what he sees as a corrective prescription for ethical reorientation that is fundamental to Merleau-Ponty’s thought. Mazis begins by analyzing the key role that silence plays for Merleau-Ponty as a positive, powerful presence rather than a lack or emptiness, and then builds on this to explore the ethical significance of the face-to-face encounter in his thought as one of solidarity rather than obligation. In the last part of the book, Mazis traces the development of what he calls “physiognomic imagination” in Merleau-Ponty’s work. This understanding of imagination is not fancy or make-believe, but rather brings out the depths of perceptual meaning and leads to an appreciation of poetic language as the key to revitalizing both ethics and ontology. Drawing on Merleau-Ponty’s published works, lecture notes, unpublished writings, and the work of many phenomenologists and Merleau-Ponty scholars, Mazis also offers incisive readings of Merleau-Ponty’s work as it relates to that of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Gaston Bachelard, and Emmanuel Levinas.