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The Sacred Desert is a reflection on the role of the desert in theology, history, literature, art and film.
- An original reflection on the role of the desert in theology, history, literature, art and film.
- Discusses figures as diverse as Jesus, the early Christian Desert Fathers, T.E. Lawrence, T.S. Eliot, Georgia O’Keeffe, Wim Wenders and Jim Crace.
- Makes connections across millennia of desert literature.
- Deepens the reader’s understanding of the desert as a real place, as an interior space, and as a textual site,
- Concludes with comments on the recent conflicts in Iraq.
- Written in a readable and engaging style.
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Table of Contents
Foreword by David E. Klemm.
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.
What People are Saying About This
“One of the really significant things about this work is how widely Jasper ranges in his exploration of the spiritual meaning of the desert. He considers classic religious sources that have focused their attention on the desert ideal... But he also explores the works of a range of artists, poets, writers, and filmmakers... The result is a playful, interdisciplinary rumination upon the myriad ways the desert has shaped and continues to shape — often by undermining expectations of meaning — the religions imagination. Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates and above; general readers.”
"The Sacred Desert is a marvellous and truly integral conjunction of seemingly every dimension of that ultimate desert which is at once our deepest beginning and our deepest ending. Theological and poetic at once, and critical and historical simultaneously, it offers us a vicarious voyage into our most ultimate ground, a ground beyond God but nontheless embodying the totality of the Godhead. If that Godhead is an absolute nothingness, it is a truly actual nothingness, and most actual for us in that desert which is here so powerfully and so comprehensively evoked." Thomas Altizer, Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at the State University of New York and Stony Brook
"The Sacred Desert provides a journey into the innermost core of the self--where the soul stands alone before an unknown God, who is both darkness and light. David Jasper has written a magnificent theological reflection on the depth of spiritual meaning sought and found by desert pilgrims in literature, art, film, history, and sacred scripture. A tour de force!"
David Klemm, University of Iowa