Tangle of Matter & Ghost: Leonard Cohen's Post-Secular Songbook of Mysticism(s) Jewish & Beyond

Tangle of Matter & Ghost: Leonard Cohen's Post-Secular Songbook of Mysticism(s) Jewish & Beyond

by Aubrey Glazer


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Tangle of Matter & Ghost: Leonard Cohen’s Post-Secular Songbook of Mysticism(s) Jewish & beyond analyzes the lyrical poetry of Leonard Cohen through a post-secular lens. The volume fuses sophisticated theory and popular culture with critical analysis that is lacking in most of the rock n’ roll biographies about Leonard Cohen. How does this mystical maestro’s songbook emerge to illuminate questions of meaning making in a post-secular context when correlated with thinkers like Charles Taylor, Edward S. Casey, Jurgen Habermas, Slavoj Žižek, Jeffrey Kripal and Harold Bloom along with others. Cohen’s mysticism is also analyzed in relationship to Kabbalah, Hasidism and Rinzai Buddhism. Tangle of Matter & Ghost presents a unique inter-disciplinary approach to Jewish philosophy and literary studies with wide appeal for diverse audiences and readership.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781618115812
Publisher: Academic Studies Press
Publication date: 08/01/2017
Series: New Perspectives in Post-Rabbinic Judaism
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,076,725
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Aubrey L. Glazer, Ph.D. (University of Toronto) is rabbi of Congregation Beth Sholom, San Francisco. His latest books dedicated to exploring Jewish philosophy in different contexts: Mystical Vertigo: Kabbalistic Hebrew Poetry Dancing Over the Divide (Academic Studies Press, 2013) and A New Physiognomy of Jewish Thinking: Critical Theory After Adorno as Applied to Jewish Thought (Continuum, 2011) recently translated into Hebrew (Resling Press, 2015).

Table of Contents


Preface: Shaul Magid

Chapter 1: Prelude: New Skin for Post-Secular Philosophy of Circum/fession

Chapter 2: On Exile As Redemption in (Canadian) Jewish Mysticism

Chapter 3: From Darkness, A Love of All This: Seeking Sacred in Post-Secular Song

Chapter 4: Tangle of Matter & Ghost: Objective Spirit & Non-Dual Reality

Chapter 5: A Question of Pure Consciousness in the Priestly Blessing of Love

Chapter 6: Amen to American Agnosticism

Chapter 7: Nothing as Whole as a Broken Middle Matzah

Chapter 8: Falling with Our Angels, So Human

Chapter 9: “An Appetite for Something Like Religion”: Unbinding the Binding of Isaac, Jesus Christ & Joan of Arc through Zen

Chapter 10: Standing Where There Used to Be a Street: 9/11 Post-Secularism & Sacred Song

Chapter 11: Never Mind this Neuzeit, Here’s Kaddish: Between the Nameless & the Name

Chapter 12: Coda: A Philosophy of Post-Secular Song in Light of Piyyut as a Cultural Lens

Postface: Elliot R. Wolfson

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