The Sacred Desert: Religion, Literature, Art and Culture / Edition 1

The Sacred Desert: Religion, Literature, Art and Culture / Edition 1

by David Jasper
     
 

The Sacred Desert is a fascinating and original work, which reflects on the role of the desert in theology, history, literature, art and film.

Engaging with figures as diverse as Jesus, the early Christian Desert Fathers, William Blake, T.E. Lawrence, T.S. Eliot, Georgia O’Keeffe, Wim Wenders, Bill Viola, and Jim Crace, author David Jasper explores

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The Sacred Desert is a fascinating and original work, which reflects on the role of the desert in theology, history, literature, art and film.

Engaging with figures as diverse as Jesus, the early Christian Desert Fathers, William Blake, T.E. Lawrence, T.S. Eliot, Georgia O’Keeffe, Wim Wenders, Bill Viola, and Jim Crace, author David Jasper explores deserts as real places, as interior spaces and as they feature in numerous texts. He makes connections across millennia of desert texts, meditating on the mystical, religious and theological meanings that emerge. Underlying these interdisciplinary wanderings in the wasteland is the author’s quest for a new form of religious thought and language. Lively and lucid, this outstanding work stretches from the Bible – perhaps still the greatest of our desert texts – through to contemporary experiences of the desert. It is truly an original work of theology, and a captivating journey through the history of religion.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405119757
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
06/28/2004
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by David E. Klemm.

Preface.

List of illustrations.

1. Introduction: Meeting Points.

2. The Bible, Schoenberg, and Heidegger.

3. The Desert Fathers: Wandering and Miracles.

4. Time and Memory, Wind and Space: The Desert and Mysticism.

5. Mysticism and Modernity: Thomas Merton meets Don Cupitt.

6. The Literature of the Desert: Travellers and Poets.

7. The Literature of the Desert: Novelists.

8. Artists: Georgia O'Keefe, Bill Viola and Abstract Expressionism.

9. Films of the Desert: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Wim Wenders, Claire Dennis.

10. Desert Theology and Total Presence: Poets William Blake, T.S. Eliot and Yves Bonnefoy meet Hegel and Altizer.

11. Conclusion: Meeting Point.

Postscript: The Desert and the Recent Wars in Iraq.

Bibliography.

Index

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