The Poetics of Transcendence

The present “turn to religion” has also meant a rekindled interest in transcendence, a concept once deemed a relic of a metaphysical past. This volume approaches transcendence from a particular perspective: that of language and literature seen as a matrix of expression of transcendence and its interplay of immanence. The essays in this volume probe the poetic and literary devices through which transcendence has been solicited, evoked, and generated. This has also meant revisiting the long Christian tradition, not simply to rehabilitate it but as an indispensable source for present writing and thinking.
“Thus, ultimately, the present anthology offers no apology for traditional views of transcendence and religious experience but presents original contributions to the poetics of transcendence that are sensitive to religious as well as a-religious languages in literature. It is argued that, in order to rethink meanings and the value of transcendence, rigorous ontological philosophy must once again face up to the imaginative potential of poetics.” (From the Introduction)

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Elisa Heinämäki is a postdoctoral researcher in Religious Studies at the University of Helsinki, Finland.

P.M. Mehtonen is an independent researcher and Adjunct Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Tampere and the University of Helsinki, Finland.

Antti Salminen is an Adjunct Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Tampere, Finland, specializing in the philosophy of literature and avant-garde poetics.
Elisa Heinämäki, P.M. Mehtonen, and Antti Salminen: Literary Beyonds: An Introduction

Part I: Poetics of Mysticism
Daniel Acke: Non‐Religious Mysticism: Between Immanence and Transcendence
Antti Salminen: Writing Through the Transcendence: On Paul Celan’s Mysticism
Kent L. Brintnall: Transcribing Desire: Mystical Theology in Dennis Cooper’s The Sluts

Part II: Transcendence and Language
Shira Wolosky: Transcendence and Poetics: Levinas, Ricoeur, Frost
William Franke: Language and Transcendence in Dante’s Paradiso

Part III: Tropes of Transcendences
Elisa Heinämäki: The Original Analogy: Mediating Transcendence in The Man Without Qualities
Jarkko Toikkanen: Transcendental Puppets: Kant and Kleist
Hanna Mäkelä: Horizontal Rivalry, Vertical Transcendence: Identity and Idolatry in Muriel Spark’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Donna Tartt’s The Secret History

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