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English Language Notes (2018) 56 (1): 21–42.
Published: 01 April 2018
... critique and creation or theory and practice, Goytisolo aligns his version of mysticism with heresy and negative theology. But how might a return to John of the Cross’s writings wrest this “mystic” and “poet” from the confines of exceptionalism to rethink his exemplarity as grounded and cultivated...
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English Language Notes (2018) 56 (1): 139–152.
Published: 01 April 2018
... as the basis for scholars drawing direct links between ancient and medieval mystical texts, works of “negative theology” (or “apophasis”) broadly construed, and any number of phenomenological, hermeneutical, and/or postmodern enterprises. And it is in one or another of these approximate senses (amplified...
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English Language Notes (2006) 44 (1): 209–212.
Published: 01 March 2006
... o f language. Its procedure is comparable to the poetic practice that attempts to say the unsayable. A negative theology, by denying all sensible and intelligible attributes to divinity, brings about the de-anthropom orphization of God. So poetry, in answering its highest calling, results in the de...
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English Language Notes (2012) 50 (2): 9–13.
Published: 01 September 2012
... heretical "negative theology" finds God unknowable, unspeakable, a fullness of Nichts. After all, we are hearing a form ula of praise. For Gelobt seist du, I felt the literal "Praised be th o u " a bit weak (much less Laudamus te, suggested once). So I tried a poetry translator's free hand. Biking to my...
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English Language Notes (2005) 43 (1): 48–59.
Published: 01 September 2005
... of natural objects (221). Young has laid out with systematic rigor the fideist position. Like Luther and Pascal before him, he does not trust nature as a teacher (225). Young goes back to the theology of enthusiasm inward and passionate faith and prophecy (222). Thus, Young s emphasis on the Fall...
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English Language Notes (2006) 44 (1): 103–107.
Published: 01 March 2006
... on the w ord truth, but also w ith the positive use of "mede," a negative character earlier in the poem. In "Censorship and Cultural Change," Nicholas Watson introduced a bold hypothesis of vernacular theology that compared many different kinds and levels of w riting.T he dan­ ger of such an expansive...
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English Language Notes (2012) 50 (2): 89–98.
Published: 01 September 2012
..., a hermeneu­ tic that paradoxically owns by disowning and moves w ithin the negative responsibility of n o t being responsible for w hat it uses but rather for its use. As Agamben says about his text on signatures, or "tha t which marks things at the level o f their pure existence": "I have . . . preferred...
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English Language Notes (2018) 56 (1): 7–20.
Published: 01 April 2018
... the way this gets cast in the US academy and in parts of Europe is in terms of a sharp divide between theology and religious studies or theology and social science. But I think that’s just a mistake. People misunderstand what theology is and they think it’s only about truth claims. EC : In “Triptych...
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English Language Notes (2018) 56 (1): 119–138.
Published: 01 April 2018
... . Van Ess Josef . Theologie und Gesellschaft im 2. und 3. Jahrhundert Hidschra: Eine Geschichte des religiösen Denkers im frühen Islam . 4 vols. Berlin : de Gruyter , 1991–97 . Van Ess Josef . Zwischen Hadiṯ und Theologie: Studien zum Entstehen prädestinatianischer Überlieferung...
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English Language Notes (2011) 49 (2): 111–117.
Published: 01 September 2011
... in the lexicon that eradicate suggestions o f negativity. O ther exam ples are "liv ic a te " instead o f "ded(dead)icate" or "ap p re ci-lo ve" in place o f "appreci(hate 15 O biagele Lake, Rastafari Women: Subordination in the Midst of Liberation Theology [Durham: C aro l­ ina A ca d em ic Press, 1998), iii...
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English Language Notes (2003) 40 (3): 62–76.
Published: 01 March 2003
... the Bhagavad Gita in Four Quartets," C om parative L iterature 29 (1977): 101. I P.S. Sri, 7',S . Eliot, Vedanta and Buddhism (Vancouver: U o f British Colum ­ bia P, 1985) 124. 5 Cleo McNelly Kearns, Negative Theology' and L iterary Discourse in Four Quartets·. A D erridean R eading, Words in Time: New...
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English Language Notes (2002) 39 (4): 12–24.
Published: 01 June 2002
... with the divine, unavailable to hu­ manity because of our immersion in a language fragm ented at Babel. Cavendish, however, is n o t determ ined to assign nature a theology, but a secular epistemology, intentionality, and semiotics. Cavendish s natural world is m ore radical than reactionary for her attribution...
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English Language Notes (2018) 56 (1): 1–6.
Published: 01 April 2018
... critical structures and interests. In Smith’s essay on medieval Christianity, we discover a similar approach to critique and creativity in the context of the traditional distinction between affirmative and negative religious practices. In this essay the customary divide between practices associated...
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English Language Notes (2018) 56 (1): 197–202.
Published: 01 April 2018
...; and in the second case, the anonymous author of a fifteenth-century poem expressing a mystical framing of the Akedah , or sacrifice of Isaac, in vernacular Spanish. Juan de Segovia, a former professor of theology from the University of Salamanca and participant in the Council of Basel, brought Yça from Spain...
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English Language Notes (2012) 50 (2): 63–76.
Published: 01 September 2012
... hloë Starr 69 authors of antiquity, w ith an em pathy that allows an im aginative transcendence of period and view point. For Zhao, "theology has its own truth," but ideally, the subjective position should be avoided in w ritin g history (458). His sources are alm ost always the synoptics: the gospel o...
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English Language Notes (2015) 53 (2): 89–101.
Published: 01 September 2015
... to questions. In this unique capacity as both a sign and source of Christian truth and Christian memory, the Wandering Jew needs to be considered in relation to what Jerem y Cohen has called the "herm eneutical Jew," a com plex, shifting, and not purely negative figure "cra fted " in the interests o f...
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English Language Notes (2004) 42 (2): 1–10.
Published: 01 December 2004
... creates disjunction between correspondents in order to express psycho­ logical and spiritual disease. Sicknesse and death, for exam­ ple, are attached in Christian theology with doom e and dam n d, both of which are pejorative. In hermetic theory, how­ ever, they are connected with putrefaction...
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English Language Notes (2015) 53 (2): 9–44.
Published: 01 September 2015
.... They have been posed continuously from the early M iddle Ages to the present day p rim a rily by means o f the olo gica l in q u iry and response: that is, the y have been un derstood and treated as questions p ro p e rto the dom ain o f theology. In th is essay, however, I w ill resist the adm ittedly...
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English Language Notes (2009) 47 (1): 147–157.
Published: 01 March 2009
... aginative battle and the negative adjectives ("w o o d " and "crueel") undercut them and firm ly connect them to a non-human, bestial world, even as the very term s of the battle w ould make less than little sense to "re a l" tigers, lions, and boars. One of my students in Anim als inText and Society...
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English Language Notes (2006) 44 (1): 283–301.
Published: 01 March 2006
... that all theology and w ith it attempts to imagine divinity are simple projections. Marx, In turn, applied Feuerbach's arguments on the nature of religion to the study o f material culture in order to unmask its underlying "ideology," which thus corresponds to Hegel's false consciousness. Marx, however...