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Divine Suspense : On Kierkegaard’s 'Frygt og Bæven' and the Aesthetics of Suspense

Author: Andreas Seland
Publisher: Berlin ; Boston : De Gruyter, [2018] ©2018
Series: Kierkegaard studies., Monograph series ;, 39.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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What is suspense, and why do we feel it? These questions are at the heart of the first part of this study. It develops and defends the ‘imminence theory of suspense’ – the view that suspense arises in situations that are structurally defined by something essential being imminent. Next, the study utilizes this theory as an interpretative key to Søren Kierkegaard’s seminal work ‘Frygt og Bæven’ (‘FB’). FB is an  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Named Person: Sren Kierkegaard
Material Type: Document, Government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Andreas Seland
ISBN: 9783110563504 3110563509 3110562650 9783110562651
OCLC Number: 1046619622
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource (222 p.).
Contents: Frontmatter --
Acknowledgements --
Contents --
Introduction --
Chapter 1: The Imminence Theory of Suspense --
Chapter 2: Narrativity, Heroism and the Knight of Faith --
Chapter 3: Bakhtin, Suspense and the Knight of Faith --
Chapter 4: Symmetry of Suspense --
Conclusion --
Bibliography --
Abbreviations --
Index
Series Title: Kierkegaard studies., Monograph series ;, 39.
Responsibility: Andreas Seland.
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What is suspense, and why do we feel it? These questions are at the heart of the first part of this study. It develops and defends the ‘imminence theory of suspense’ – the view that suspense arises in situations that are structurally defined by something essential being imminent. Next, the study utilizes this theory as an interpretative key to Søren Kierkegaard’s seminal work ‘Frygt og Bæven’ (‘FB’). FB is an exploration of what it means to take the story of Abraham and Isaac as a paradigmatic example of faith. The study argues that a core aspect of how Kierkegaard conceptualizes faith through the figure of Abraham is suspense. The argument is built upon the observation that to have faith is to be a hero. To be hero means to belong to a story. Stories manifests different conceptualizations of time. Abraham’s story, as FB frames it, is radically geared towards something imminent – it is characterized by an essential relation of suspense. The study then explores how suspense not only forms part of the conceptualization of faith, but is also part of how this conceptualization is communicated. Thus, the study argues that there exists a symmetry of suspense between the rhetorical and the conceptual levels of the text.

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