Volume 12, Tome V: Kierkegaard's Influence on Literature, Criticism and Art: The Romance Languages, Central and Eastern Europe, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Volume 12, Tome V: Kierkegaard's Influence on Literature, Criticism and Art

The Romance Languages, Central and Eastern Europe, 1st Edition

By Jon Stewart


222 pages

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While Kierkegaard is primarily known as a philosopher or religious thinker, his writings have also been used extensively by literary writers, critics and artists. This use can be traced in the work of major cultural figures not just in Denmark and Scandinavia but also in the wider world. They have been attracted to his creative mixing of genres, his complex use of pseudonyms, his rhetoric and literary style, and his rich images, parables, and allegories. The present volume documents this influence in the different language groups and traditions. Tome V treats the work of a heterogeneous group of writers from the Romance languages and from Central and Eastern Europe. Kierkegaard has been particularly important for Spanish literature: the Argentine writers Jorge Luis Borges, Leonardo Castellani, and Ernesto Sábato, the Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes, and the Spanish essayist and philosopher María Zambrano were all inspired to varying degrees by him. The Dane also appears in the work of Romanian writer Max Blecher, while the Portuguese author Fernando Pessoa was almost certainly inspired by Kierkegaard’s use of pseudonyms. Kierkegaard has also influenced diverse literary figures from Central and Eastern Europe. His influence appears in the novels of the contemporary Hungarian authors Péter Nadas and Péter Esterházy, the work of the Russian writer and literary critic, Mikhail Bakhtin, the Polish writer Witold Gombrowicz and the Czech novelist Ivan Klíma. Tome V also examines how Kierkegaard’s treatment of the story of Abraham and Isaac in Fear and Trembling interested the Polish-born Israeli novelist Pinhas Sadeh.

Table of Contents

Contents: Part I The Romance Languages: Max Blecher: the bizarre adventure of suffering, Leo Stan; Jorge Luis Borges: the fear without trembling, Eduardo Fernández Villar; Leonardo L. Castellani: between Suero Kirkegord and Thomas Aquinas, María J. Binetti; Carlos Fuentes; ‘poor Mexico, so far away from God and so close to the United States’, Patricia C. Dip; Fernando Pessoa: poets and philosophers, Elisabete M. de Sousa and António M. Feijó; Ernesto Sábato: the darker side of Kierkegaardian existence, María J. Binetti; María Zambrano: Kierkegaard and the criticism of modern Rationalism, Carmen Revilla and Laura Llevadot. Part II Central and Eastern Europe: Mikhail Bakhtin: direct and indirect reception of Kierkegaard in works of the Russian thinker, Tatiana Shchyttsova; Péter Esterházy: semi-serious, András Nagy; Witold Gombrowicz: the struggle for the authentic self, Wojciech Kaftanski; Ivan Klima: ‘to save my inner world’, Nigel Hatton; Péter Nadas: books and memories, András Nagy; Pinhas Sadeh: the poet as 'the single individual’, Sharon Krishek; Indexes.

About the Series

Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception and Resources

Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception and Resources
The Kierkegaard Research Series is a multi volume series dedicated to a systematic coverage of all aspects of Kierkegaard Studies. Interdisciplinary in nature, the series combines articles on philosophy, theology, literature, psychology and history written by the leading international Kierkegaard scholars arranged into thematically organised volumes. Each volume contains a detailed introduction, written by the editors, which traces the history of the given theme in Kierkegaard studies and an extensive index making it easy to find where the specific themes, works and persons are treated. Under the editorial supervision and organisation of the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre at The University of Copenhagen, this series serves as both a reference work for Kierkegaard students and as a forum for new research. The series is divided into three main parts; 'Kierkegaard’s Sources' includes articles which perform source-work research in order to discover and document the numerous sources of Kierkegaard’s thought; 'Kierkegaard's Reception' includes articles treating the countless aspects of the reception of Kierkegaard’s thought and writings in the different research traditions and the third section is for reference works including an extensive bibliography of works on Kierkegaard and a volume containing a list of the books Kierkegaard owned as they appear in the auction catalogue of his library. The Kierkegaard Research series is the most important, significant and comprehensive publishing treatment in English of the work and impact of Soren Kierkegaard.

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