Transfiguration: Poetic Metaphor and the Languages of Religious Belief

Transfiguration: Poetic Metaphor and the Languages of Religious Belief

by Frank Burch Brown
     
 

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Brown proposes a theory of poetic metaphor that attempts to account for literature's complex role in the discovery and creation of significant patterns within both language and life. He shows that while poetic and conceptual modes of discover are different, they are nevertheless mutually interdependent. In particular, Brown offers a new view of the way in which

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Brown proposes a theory of poetic metaphor that attempts to account for literature's complex role in the discovery and creation of significant patterns within both language and life. He shows that while poetic and conceptual modes of discover are different, they are nevertheless mutually interdependent. In particular, Brown offers a new view of the way in which theological and metaphysical concepts grow out of, and are transfigured by, metaphoric expression. This view is expressed in a detailed and original analysis of the structure and dynamics of T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets that lies at the heart of the study.

Originally published in 1983.

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"A sophisticated exploration, Transfiguration may be the beginning of a task that theological literary critics have largely ignored until now—to debate, challenge and correct the extreme poststructuralist view that not only 'literature' but all language is metafiction and metacriticism (writing about writing), since the external world is allegedly unknowable in any expressible way."—Christian Century

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807815601
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
11/01/1983
Series:
Studies in Religion Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

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A sophisticated exploration, Transfiguration may be the beginning of a task that theological literary critics have largely ignored until now—to debate, challenge and correct the extreme poststructuralist view that not only 'literature' but all language is metafiction and metacriticism (writing about writing), since the external world is allegedly unknowable in any expressible way.—Christian Century

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