Language, Eros, Being: Kabbalistic Hermeneutics and Poetic Imagination [NOOK Book]

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This long-awaited, magisterial study-an unparalleled blend of philosophy, poetry, and philology-draws on theories of sexuality, phenomenology, comparative religion, philological writings on Kabbalah, Russian formalism, Wittgenstein, Rosenzweig, William Blake, and the very physics of the time-space continuum to establish what will surely be a highwater mark in work on Kabbalah. Not only a study of texts, Language, Eros, Being is perhaps the fullest confrontation of the body in Jewish studies, if not in religious ...
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Language, Eros, Being: Kabbalistic Hermeneutics and Poetic Imagination

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Overview

This long-awaited, magisterial study-an unparalleled blend of philosophy, poetry, and philology-draws on theories of sexuality, phenomenology, comparative religion, philological writings on Kabbalah, Russian formalism, Wittgenstein, Rosenzweig, William Blake, and the very physics of the time-space continuum to establish what will surely be a highwater mark in work on Kabbalah. Not only a study of texts, Language, Eros, Being is perhaps the fullest confrontation of the body in Jewish studies, if not in religious studies as a whole.Elliot R. Wolfson explores the complex gender symbolism that permeates Kabbalistic literature. Focusing on the nexus of asceticism and eroticism, he seeks to define the role of symbolic and poetically charged language in the erotically configured visionary imagination of the medieval Kabbalists. He demonstrates that the traditional Kabbalistic view of gender was a monolithic and androcentric one, in which the feminine was conceived as being derived from the masculine. He does not shrink from the negative implications of this doctrine, but seeks to make an honest acknowledgment of it as the first step toward the redemption of an ancient wisdom.Comparisons with other mystical traditions-including those in Christianity, Buddhism, and Islam-are a remarkable feature throughout the book. They will make it important well beyond Jewish studies, indeed, a must for historians of comparative religion, in particular of comparative mysticism.Praise for Elliot R. Wolfson:Through a Speculum That Shines is an important and provocative contribution to the study of Jewish mysticism by one of the major scholars now working in this field.-Speculum
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823224203
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 792
  • File size: 4 MB

Table of Contents

Prologue : timeswerve/hermeneutic reversibility
1 Showing the saying : laying interpretative ground 1
2 Differentiating (in)difference : heresy, gender, and Kabbalah study 46
3 Phallomorphic exposure : concealing soteric esotericism 111
4 Male androgyne : engendering e/masculation 142
5 Flesh become word : textual embodiment and poetic incarnation 190
6 Envisioning eros : poiesis and heeding silence 261
7 Eunuchs who keep sabbath : erotic asceticism/ascetic eroticism 296
8 Coming-to-head, returning-to-womb : (e)soteric gnosis and overcoming gender dimorphism 333
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