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Author: Helmut Pfeiffer

apostolic zeal (S. 178), der den rechten Glauben mit der kolonialen Mission kurzschließt: „He had baptized whole nations of Indians, living with them like a savage himself.“ (S. 179) Er strahlt den „lurid glow of strong convictions“ (S. 181) aus. Als er den Dilettanten Decoud erblickt, äußert er

In: Das zerbrechliche Band der Gesellschaft

to the sinful and destructive agents of human nature. Literature […] remains an extension of life, and Dante involves the reader of his poem in the living emotions that conquered Paolo and Francesca when they read the Lancelot. But the Comedy and its author are no Galeotto. At the moment when

In: Die Poetik des Ungesagten in Dantes 'Commedia'

life only for a very small minority, and even for a small minority only if their community is based on a strong common belief, religious or other. Yet in this case utopian spirit, hope is not vested in the community itself, but in the higher purpose (religious or other ideas) what the community serves

In: Wind and Whirlwind: Utopian and Dystopian Themes in Literature and Philosophy

, without heroism, nothing to believe in or fighting for. And if there is nothing hoping for and fighting for, even individual human life becomes empty without aim, reason, a burden to carry rather than the blessing for open possibilities. Schopenhauer, an isolated thinker in the times of Hegel, became

In: Wind and Whirlwind: Utopian and Dystopian Themes in Literature and Philosophy
Author: Michael Bishop

tatters of imperfection / beneath the dome of the improbable’ – that same improbable so dear, so endlessly motivating to the vision of Yves Bonnefoy. 12 It is an improbable that, Fès intimates to him, requires a simple act of living thereof. Not a rational understanding, a generation of explicated

In: Earth and Mind: Dreaming, Writing, Being
Author: Michael Bishop

painfully and ecstatically exceptional, particular love, it remains that love as a vaster, generalised, universal sign of a faithfulness to life, as a sign of that ‘défi, indomptable / dis-tu, irréductible et pur’ (AE, 9) which the now lost much loved woman would seem to be recommending to the poet 5 – it

In: Earth and Mind: Dreaming, Writing, Being
Author: Michael Bishop

voices surging forth within, presumably in the self’’s dreams rather than voices heard in waking life, although such experience is by no means to be set aside as utterly unimplied. Such voicing is, Bonnefoy writes in this short introduction to his ‘theatricised’ 4 poems, a phenomenon, and contrary to

In: Earth and Mind: Dreaming, Writing, Being
Author: Michael Bishop

mode that we shall now turn out attention, for, if Russia as a place and a living as well as historical phenomenon often seems to occupy the front of the stage, the performance upon this stage depends most essentially upon the very conception of the theatre – and indeed the poetry – to be produced on

In: Earth and Mind: Dreaming, Writing, Being
Author: Ruben Borg

able to tell them apart—original from copy, living from life-like. The third thesis in particular strikes a familiar cord. As must be obvious to any reader of posthuman myths, narratives about robots, clones or cyborgs, the thematic exploration and dramatisation of tragic passions is an all but

In: Fantasies of Self-Mourning

hideout he moves like the living dead: “His legs and arms are stiff, and he walks with difficulty” (85). This passage already announces that the roots of his zombification lie in his experiences of unliveable life in his homeland, a failed postcolonial nation-state; the continuum of zombification is later

In: Mobilities and Cosmopolitanisms in African and Afrodiasporic Literatures