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Kierkegaard, Literature, and the Arts is a collection of fourteen essays that illuminate the broad and often underappreciated variety of the nineteenth-century Danish thinker Søren Kierkegaard’s engagements with literature and the arts.

These essays, contextualized with an insightful introduction by Eric Ziolkowski, explore Kierkegaard’s relationship to literature (poetry, prose, and storytelling), the performing arts (theater, music, opera, and dance), and the visual arts and film. The collection is rounded out with a final comparative section that considers Kierkegaard in juxtaposition with a romantic poet (William Blake), a modern composer (Arnold Schoenberg), and a contemporary singer-songwriter (Bob Dylan).

Kierkegaard was as much an aesthetic thinker as a philosopher, and his philosophical writings are complemented by his literary and music criticism. Bringing together insights from an international group of Kierkegaard scholars, Kierkegaard, Literature, and the Arts will offer much of interest to scholars concerned with Kierkegaard as well as teachers, performers, and readers in the various aesthetic fields discussed. 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Frontispiece, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. Eric Ziolkowski
  3. pp. 3-36
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  1. Part I. Literature
  1. The Bonfire of the Genres: Kierkegaard’s Literary Kaleidoscope
  2. George Pattison
  3. pp. 39-54
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  1. Kierkegaard’s Disruptions of Literature and Philosophy: Freedom, Anxiety, and Existential Contributions
  2. Edward F. Mooney
  3. pp. 55-70
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  1. Kierkegaard’s Existential Play: Storytelling and the Development of the Religious Imagination in the Authorship
  2. Marcia C. Robinson
  3. pp. 71-84
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  1. Kierkegaard’s Christian Bildungsroman
  2. Joakim Garff
  3. pp. 85-96
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  1. Part II. Performing Arts
  1. Beyond the Mask: Kierkegaard’s Postscript as Antitheatrical, Anti-Hegelian Drama
  2. Howard Pickett
  3. pp. 99-114
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  1. A Theater of Ideas: Performance and Performativity in Kierkegaard’s Repetition
  2. Martijn Boven
  3. pp. 115-130
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  1. Kierkegaard’s Notions of Drama and Opera: Molière’s Don Juan, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and the Question of Music and Sensuousness
  2. Nils Holger Petersen
  3. pp. 131-148
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  1. “Let No One Invite Me, for I Do Not Dance”: Kierkegaard’s Attitudes toward Dance
  2. Anne Margrete Fiskvik
  3. pp. 149-174
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  1. Part III. Visual Arts and Film
  1. Painting with Words: Kierkegaard and the Aesthetics of the Icon
  2. Christopher B. Barnett
  3. pp. 177-192
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  1. Kierkegaard’s Approach to Pictorial Art, and to Specimens of Contemporary Visual Culture
  2. Ragni Linnet
  3. pp. 193-222
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  1. Kierkegaard’s Concept of Inherited Sin: A Cinematic Illustration
  2. Ronald M. Green
  3. pp. 223-236
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  1. Part IV. Comparisons
  1. The Moravian Origins of Kierkegaard’s and Blake’s Socratic Literature
  2. James Rovira
  3. pp. 239-260
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  1. Don Giovanni and Moses and Aaron: The Possibility of a Kierkegaardian Affirmation of Music
  2. Peder Jothen
  3. pp. 261-280
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  1. Kierkegaard, Dylan, and Masked and Anonymous Neighbor-Love
  2. Jamie A. Lorentzen
  3. pp. 281-300
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 301-302
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 303-324
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780810135987
Related ISBN
9780810135970
MARC Record
OCLC
1016765439
Pages
338
Launched on MUSE
2018-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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