Kierkegaard and the Staging of Desire : Rhetoric and Performance in a Theology of Eros / Carl S. Hughes.
- New York, NY : Fordham University Press, 
1 online resource (272 pages)
- Desire -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Performance -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Theater -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Theology -- History -- 19th century.
- Local subjects:
- Derrida. (search)
- In English.
- System Details:
- Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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- Theology in the modern era often assumes that the consummate form of theological discourse is objective prose-ignoring or condemning apophatic traditions and the spiritual eros that drives them. For too long, Kierkegaard has been read along these lines as a progenitor of twentieth-century neo-orthodoxy and a stern critic of the erotic in all its forms. In contrast, Hughes argues that Kierkegaard envisions faith fundamentally as a form of infinite, insatiable eros. He depicts the essential purpose of Kierkegaard's writing as to elicit ever-greater spiritual desire, not to provide the satisfactions of doctrine or knowledge.Hughes's argument revolves around close readings of provocative, disparate, and (in many cases) little-known Kierkegaardian texts. The thread connecting all of these texts is that they each conjure up some sort of performative "stage setting," which they invite readers to enter. By analyzing the theological function of these texts, the book sheds new light on the role of the aesthetic in Kierkegaard's authorship, his surprising affinity for liturgy and sacrament, and his overarching effort to conjoin eros for God with this-worldly love.
1. Desiring "The One"- in Vaudev ille, Marriage, and Beyond
2. Vor Frue Kirke as Stage
3. "The Woman Who Was a Sinner"
4. Theatrical and Eucharistic Transformations
5. Sacramental Writing, Sacramental Living
- Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 23. Jul 2020)
- De Gruyter.
- Contained In:
- De Gruyter University Press Library.
- Publisher Number:
- 10.1515/9780823257287 doi
- Access Restriction:
- Restricted for use by site license.
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