Suffering, the sacred, and the sublime are concepts that often surface in humanities research in an attempt to come to terms with what is challenging, troubling or impossible to represent. These intersecting concepts are used to mediate the gap between the spoken and the unspeakable, between experience and language, between body and spirit, between the immanent and the transcendent, and between the human and the divine. The twenty-five essays are written by international scholars working in the fields of literary criticism, philosophy, and history, address the ways in which literature and theory have engaged with these three concepts and related concerns. The contributors analyse literary and theoretical texts from the medieval period to the post-modern age, from the works of Chaucer, Shakespeare, Donne, and Herbert to those of Endo Shusaku, Alice Munro, Annie Dillard, Emmanuel Levinas, and Slavoj iek. The book will be of particular interest to scholars of religion and literature, philosophy and literature, aesthetic theory, and trauma studies.
Full Product DetailsAuthor: Holly Faith Nelson , Lynn R. Szabo , Jens Zimmermann
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Imprint: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Dimensions: Width: 23.00cm , Height: 3.00cm , Length: 15.00cm
ISBN 10: 1554583055
Publication Date: 01 January 2011
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Table of ContentsTrauma & Transcendence: An Introduction; The Classical & Biblical Inheritance; Sacred Proposals & the Spiritual Sublime; Medieval Visions & Dreams; Loke in: How weet a wounde is here! : The Wounds of Christ as a Sacred Space in English Devotional Literature; Suffering in the Service of Venus: The Sacred, the Sublime, & Chaucerian Joy in the Middle Part of the Parliament of Fowls; Shakespearean Horror; Listening to Lavinia: Emmanuel Levinas's Saying & Said in Titus Andronicus; Precious Stories: The Discursive Economy in Shakespeare's Rape of Lucrece; Metaphysical Afflictions; The Sacred Pain of Penitence: The Theology of John Donne's Holy Sonnets; Bearing the Cross: The Christian's Response to Suffering in Herbert's The Temple; The Ethical Romantic Sublime; Horrific Suffering, Sacred Terror, & Sublime Freedom in Helen Maria Williams's Peru; Joanna Baillie & the Christian Gothic: Reforming Society through the Sublime; Suffering & Sacrament in the Nineteenth Century; Sacramental Suffering & the Waters of Redemption & Transformation in George Eliot's Fiction; Suffering in Word & in Truth: Seventeenth & Nineteenth Century Quaker Women's Autobiography; Sacred Modernism(s); Sacramental Imagination: Eucharists of the Ordinary Universe in the Works of Joyce, Proust, & Woolf; The Via Negativa in E.M. Forster's A Passage to India; The Fellowship of Suffering & Hope in Fantasy Literature; Consolation in Un/certainty: The Sacred Spaces of Suffering in the Children's Fantasy Literature of George MacDonald, C S Lewis, & Madeleine L'Engle; The Messiah of History: The Search for Synchronicity in Miller's A Canticle for Leibowitz; Violation & Redemption in Canadian Fiction; Suffering & the Sacred: Hugh Hood's The New Age / Le nouveau siecle; Fictional Violations in Alice Munro's Narratives; Thomas Merton & the Aesthetics of the Sublime: A Beautiful Terror; Belated Beloved: Time, Trauma, & the Sublime in Toni Morrison's Beloved; Annie Dillard on Holy Ground: The Artist as Nun in the Postmodern Sublime; Japanese (Re)Visioning of the Suffering Christ; Passion Plays by Proxy: The Paschal Face as Interculturality in Endo Shusaku & Mishima Yukio; Testifying to the Infinity of the Other: The Sacred & Ethical Dimensions of Secondary Witnessing in Anne Karpf's The War After; Sacred Space & the Fellowship of Suffering in the Postmodern Sublime; Suffering Divine Things: Cruciform Reasoning or Incarnational Hermeneutics; Index.
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