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The lily's tongue : figure and authority in Kierkegaard's Lily discourses

Author: Frances Maughan-Brown
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, [2019]
Series: SUNY Series, Literature ... in Theory Ser.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Lily's Tongue offers a nuanced, sustained reading of what Maughan-Brown calls the "Lily Discourses"--Four discourses that Kierkegaard wrote about the instruction in the Gospel of Matthew to "consider the lilies." Kierkegaard suggests that the lilies are "authoritative" rather than merely "figural" or "metaphorical." The aim of this book is to explore what exactly Kierkegaard means by asking, How do texts speak  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Maughan-Brown, Frances, 1987-
Lily's tongue.
Albany : State University of New York Press, [2019]
(DLC) 2018052704
(OCoLC)1080554081
Named Person: Søren Kierkegaard; Søren Kierkegaard; Søren Kierkegaard
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Frances Maughan-Brown
ISBN: 9781438476353 1438476353
OCLC Number: 1121044982
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Preface : gravity in the question of authority --
Glass birds --
Paper flowers --
The child --
Golden leaves --
The cordate tongue.
Series Title: SUNY Series, Literature ... in Theory Ser.
Responsibility: Frances Maughan-Brown.

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"The Lily's Tongue offers a nuanced, sustained reading of what Maughan-Brown calls the "Lily Discourses"--Four discourses that Kierkegaard wrote about the instruction in the Gospel of Matthew to "consider the lilies." Kierkegaard suggests that the lilies are "authoritative" rather than merely "figural" or "metaphorical." The aim of this book is to explore what exactly Kierkegaard means by asking, How do texts speak with authority? In Maughan-Brown's reading, Kierkegaard argues that the key to a text's authority is in the act of reading itself. No text can have authority unless the reader grants it that authority. That is because, paradoxically, no text can avoid or escape the use of figural language. If the lilies speak authoritatively it is precisely because they are also figural. Texts do not speak directly; their tongue is always the lily's tongue. Drawing on the work of Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Benjamin, and Derrida, The Lily's Tongue situates Kierkegaard's reading of Matthew at the intersection of theological, philosophical, political, and literary investigations of figural language. It uniquely contributes to the ongoing discussion of Kierkegaard's theory and practice of "indirect communication" by introducing four pivotal signed discourses into this debate. In so doing, Maughan-Brown reveals a groundbreaking theory of figure--one that ultimately requires a renewed reading of the major pseudonymous works"--

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