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Poetry and ApocalypseTheological Disclosures of Poetic Language$
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William Franke

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804759106

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804759106.001.0001

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Apocalypse and the Breaking-Open of Dialogue: A Critical Negative Theology of Poetic Language

Apocalypse and the Breaking-Open of Dialogue: A Critical Negative Theology of Poetic Language

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Poetry and Apocalypse
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804759106.003.0001

This chapter presents a sequence of essays which collectively suggest that poetry and apocalypse need each other. Each in some ways becomes vitiated when it loses contact with the other. The first essay exposes weaknesses of the apocalyptic as a genre unto itself and discovers apocalyptic vision at its most authentic and vibrant in poetic prophecy instead. The second essay explores the radical secularization of revelation as poetry in the Christian epic tradition. It finds that, even in James Joyce, this poetry has not forsaken—and cannot shake—its vocation to be theological revelation. The third essay highlights a specific aspect of poetic representation that has played a crucial role in religious revelation—namely, typology—and shows how typological representation is constituted by the dynamic of repetition, a topic pursued further in the fourth essay.

Keywords:   poetry, apocalypse, apocalyptic vision, secularization, revelation, typology, poetic representation, repetition

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