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Beneath the Veil of the Strange Verses

Un libro in lingua di Jeremiah Alberg edito da Michigan State Univ Pr, 2013

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Alberg (philosophy and religion, International Christian U.) interrogates the dynamics of libidinal revelation in several readings of classical and more modern texts. In particular, he is focusing on scandal and the way that becoming scandalized reflects the process of (community) conflict and its potential resolution. He draws on the work of René Girard on mimetic desire, Jean Jacques Rousseau's publicly visible scoundrel in the racks, and Nietzsche's aesthetic rivalry with Christianity. He offers readings from Dante to Christian scriptures to Flannery O'Conner that illustrate how scandal operates in a literary and rhetorical context. He argues in the end that "the true movement away from scandal includes a reordering of our interpersonal relations that frees from rivalry. It is a delivery from the thrall of false or deviated transcendence of violence to an encounter with true transcendence." Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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