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Language mysticism : the negative way of language in Eliot, Beckett, and Celan

Author: Shira Wolosky Weiss
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1995.
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"Language Mysticism explores the place granted to language within metaphysical and theological hierarchies traditional to Western culture. Within these hierarchies, language represents embodiment, division, and historical differentiation; whereas silence points to an eternal unity beyond linguistic form and limitation. But this reflects a deeply embedded ambivalence in the Western tradition toward material and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: T S Eliot; Samuel Beckett; Paul Celan; Paul Celan; Samuel Beckett; Paul Celan; T S Eliot
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Shira Wolosky Weiss
ISBN: 0804723877 9780804723879
OCLC Number: 30623718
Description: xiii, 318 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: beyond inexpressibility --
Linguistic asceticism in Four quartets --
Samuel Beckett's figural evasions --
The negative way negated: Samuel Beckett, counter-mystic --
Broken Wor(l)ds: aesthetics and history in Paul Celan --
The letters of creation: Paul Celan and the Kabbalah --
Conclusion: Language values.
Responsibility: Shira Wolosky.
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This work explores the place granted to language within metaphysical and theological hierarchies traditional to Western culture, where it reflects a deeply embedded ambivalence in the Western  Read more...

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