Volume 16, Tome I: Kierkegaard's Literary Figures and Motifs: Agamemnon to Guadalquivir, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Volume 16, Tome I: Kierkegaard's Literary Figures and Motifs

Agamemnon to Guadalquivir, 1st Edition

By Katalin Nun, Jon Stewart


328 pages

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While Kierkegaard is perhaps known best as a religious thinker and philosopher, there is an unmistakable literary element in his writings. He often explains complex concepts and ideas by using literary figures and motifs that he could assume his readers would have some familiarity with. This dimension of his thought has served to make his writings far more popular than those of other philosophers and theologians, but at the same time it has made their interpretation more complex. Kierkegaard readers are generally aware of his interest in figures such as Faust or the Wandering Jew, but they rarely have a full appreciation of the vast extent of his use of characters from different literary periods and traditions. The present volume is dedicated to the treatment of the variety of literary figures and motifs used by Kierkegaard. The volume is arranged alphabetically by name, with Tome I covering figures and motifs from Agamemnon to Guadalquivir.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Agamemnon: from ancient tragic hero to modern ethical archetype, Laura Liva; Agnes and the merman: Abraham as monster, Nathaniel Kramer; Aladdin: the audacity of wildest wishes, Jennifer Veninga; Amor: god of love - Psyche’s seducer, Frances Maughan-Brown; Antigone: the tragic art of either/or, Shoni Rancher; Ariadne: Kierkegaard’s view on women, life and remorse, Filipa Afonso; Marie Beaumarchais: Kierkegaard’s account of feminine sorrow, Susana Janic; Bluebeard: demoniac or tragic hero?, Ian W. Panth; Captain Scipio: the recollection of Phister’s portrayal as the comic par excellence, Timothy Stock; Cerberus: deceiving a watchdog and relying on God, Filipa Afonso; Clavigo: a little tale about the sense of guilt, Antonella Fimiani; Coach horn: Kierkegaard’s ambivalent valedictory to a disappearing instrument, Wolter Hartog; Desdemona: the ill-starred heroine of indirect communication, Ana Pinto Leite; Diotima: teacher of Socrates and Kierkegaard’s advocate for the mythical, Harald Steffes; Don Juan (Don Giovanni): seduction and its absolute medium in music, Jacobo Zabalo; Don Quixote: Kierkegaard and the relation between knight-errant and truth-witness, Christopher B. Barnett; Donna Elvira: the colossal feminine character, from donna abbandonata to the embodiment of modern sorrow, Sara Ellen Eckerson; Elves, trolls, and nisses: the relevance of supernatural creatures to aestheticism, philosophical rationalism, and the Christian faith, Will Williams; Erasmus Montanus: the tragi-comic victim of the crowd, Julie K. Allen; Faust: the seduction of doubt, Leonardo F. Lisi; The Fenris wolf: unreal fetters and real forces in Søren Kierkegaard’s authorship, Henrike Fürstenberg; Figaro: the character and the opera he represents, Sara Ellen Eckerson; Furies: the phenomenal representation of guilt, Laura Liva; Gadfly: Kierkegaard’s relation to Socrates, Hjördis Becker-Lindenthal; Guadalquivir: Kierkegaard’s subterranean fluvial pseudonymity, Eric Ziolkowski; Indexes.

About the Authors

Katalin Nun and Jon Stewart are both based in the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre, the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

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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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / Comparative Literature