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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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Linguistic Repetition as Theological Revelation in Christian Epic Tradition from Dante to Joyce

Linguistic Repetition as Theological Revelation in Christian Epic Tradition from Dante to Joyce

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(p.97) Chapter II Linguistic Repetition as Theological Revelation in Christian Epic Tradition from Dante to Joyce
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Poetry and Apocalypse
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804759106.003.0002

This chapter elaborates a theory of poetry as apocalypse in the tradition of the Christian epic as it develops from Dante to Joyce, placing the discourses of poetry and apocalypse, starting from the Bible, into the framework of a theory of dialogue. It argues that Dante and his successors, particularly Joyce, are carrying out the mission of religious revelation within the modern horizon of disclosure as manifestation of phenomena to consciousness: revelation is transposed to the sphere of individual experience as realized especially in the event of poetic language, and then beyond that to the dynamics of language released from subjective control. Theological revelation, in the broadest sense, operates in the very repetitive structure characteristic of poetic language—and, more generally, of all language, in its inherent poeticality.

Keywords:   poetry, apocalypse, Christian epic, Dante, Joyce, dialogue, theological fundamentalism, secularism, religious revelation

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