The Fire and the Tale

Author: Giorgio Agamben

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 150360165X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 160

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What is at stake in literature? Can we identify the fire that our stories have lost, but that they strive, at all costs, to rediscover? And what is the philosopher's stone that writers, with the passion of alchemists, struggle to forge in their word furnaces? For Giorgio Agamben, who suggests that the parable is the secret model of all narrative, every act of creation tenaciously resists creation, thereby giving each work its strength and grace. The ten essays brought together here cover works by figures ranging from Aristotle to Paul Klee and illustrate what urgently drives Agamben's current research. As is often the case with his writings, their especial focus is the mystery of literature, of reading and writing, and of language as a laboratory for conceiving an ethico-political perspective that places us beyond sovereign power.
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The Mystery of Evil

Benedict XVI and the End of Days

Author: Giorgio Agamben

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 1503602745

Category: Philosophy

Page: 96

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In 2013, Benedict XVI became only the second pope in the history of the Catholic Church to resign from office. In this brief but illuminating study, Giorgio Agamben argues that Benedict's gesture, far from being solely a matter of internal ecclesiastical politics, is exemplary in an age when the question of legitimacy has been virtually left aside in favor of a narrow focus on legality. This reflection on the recent history of the Church opens out into an analysis of one of the earliest documents of Christianity: the Second Epistle to the Thessalonians, which stages a dramatic confrontation between the "man of lawlessness" and the enigmatic katechon, the power that holds back the end of days. In Agamben's hands, this infamously obscure passage reveals the theological dynamics of history that continue to inform Western culture to this day.
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Haunting History

For a Deconstructive Approach to the Past

Author: Ethan Kleinberg

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 1503603423

Category: History

Page: 208

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This book argues for a deconstructive approach to the practice and writing of history at a moment when available forms for writing and publishing history are undergoing radical transformation. To do so, it explores the legacy and impact of deconstruction on American historical work; the current fetishization of lived experience, materialism, and the "real;" new trends in philosophy of history; and the persistence of ontological realism as the dominant mode of thought for conventional historians. Arguing that this ontological realist mode of thinking is reinforced by current analog publishing practices, Ethan Kleinberg advocates for a hauntological approach to history that follows the work of Jacques Derrida and embraces a past that is at once present and absent, available and restricted, rather than a fixed and static snapshot of a moment in time. This polysemic understanding of the past as multiple and conflicting, he maintains, is what makes the deconstructive approach to the past particularly well suited to new digital forms of historical writing and presentation.
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Facing the Fiend

Satan as a Literary Character

Author: Eva Marta Baillie

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630871338

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 218

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Satan is not a theological concept, but a literary character. Systematic and pastoral theology struggles with the existence of Satan and at the same time, the devil inspires authors, poets, artists, and musicians--his true nature in art seems to be creative, even though he is usually associated with destruction. If we want to believe William Blake, the true poet is of the devil's party, without knowing it. The various accounts of the devil in literature and art would certainly promote the theory that Satan himself is working on the side of the artist. While the biblical canon leaves us with many open questions about Satan, the literary canon gives more than enough definitions and interpretations of the devil. Satan is a powerful literary figure, the eternal adversary, object and subject of the story. Without any real substance, he exists in the realm of the narrative, being at the same time destroyer and creator. Satan lends a face to what we experience as evil: the absence of relation, the exile of the soul, the loss of identity, the destruction of the other and the self.
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A Dictionary of Science, Literature, and Art

Comprising the History, Description, and Scientific Principles of Every Branch of Human Knowledge : with the Derivation and Definition of All the Terms in General Use

Author: Joseph Cauvin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Art

Page: 1352

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Decompositions

Essays on Art & Literature, 1973-1989

Author: Eric Basso

Publisher: Leaping Dog Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 186

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Literary Criticism. Art Criticism. DECOMPOSITIONS collects Eric Basso's essay on art and literature in one volume. In the pivotal essay "Annihilation," Basso takes a short story by a forgotten Hungarian writer as the springboard to a searing dissection of Rembrandt, alchemy, Stephane Mallarme, Edgar Allan Poe and Rene Daumal, closing with a new interpretation of Kafka's The Castle. Eric Basso "remains one of the most interesting writers in the country, someone whose work does not fit conveniently into categories.but whose poetry, fiction and dramatic writing extend our sense of what terms like modernism and postmodernism mean"-Stephen-Paul Martin.
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A Dictionary of Science, Literature, & Art

Comprising the History, Description, and Scientific Principles of Every Branch of Human Knowledge; with the Derivation and Definition of All the Terms in General Use

Author: William Thomas Brande

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Art

Page: 1423

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Authors and Artists for Young Adults

Author: Gale Group,Thomas McMahon

Publisher: Gale / Cengage Learning

ISBN: 9780787646738

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

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With Authors Artists for Young Adults, teens have a source where they can discover fascinating and entertaining facts about the writers, artists, film directors, graphic novelists and other creative personalities that most interest them. International in scope, each volume contains 20-25 entries.
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