Words Fail: Theology, Poetry, and the Challenge of Representation by Colby DickinsonWords Fail: Theology, Poetry, and the Challenge of Representation by Colby Dickinson

Words Fail: Theology, Poetry, and the Challenge of Representation

byColby Dickinson

Paperback | October 3, 2016

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There has been much philosophical speculation on the potential failure of language as well as the search for a presentation of the "thing itself" beyond representation. Words Fail pursues the writings of a trio of philosophers-Jacques Derrida, Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, and Giorgio Agamben-as prime examples of how modern poetry presents us with a profitable vantage point from which to survey the ongoing struggle of living in a highly fragmented world.Alongside these thinkers, this book looks specifically at the form of spirituality that is given shape by this intersection of poetics and theological-philosophical reflection-all of which offer rich suggestions about our spiritual nature.
Title:Words Fail: Theology, Poetry, and the Challenge of RepresentationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:136 pagesPublished:October 3, 2016Publisher:Fordham University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0823272842

ISBN - 13:9780823272846

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"Colby Dickinson provides us with a compelling meditation on the complex relationship between poetry, philosophy, and religion. He not only illuminates Derrida and Agamben's engagement with poetry but allows poetry to talk back to philosophy-and invites the reader to reconsider what is at stake every time we sit down to write."