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Kierkegaard and the Staging of Desire
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Kierkegaard and the Staging of Desire: Rhetoric and Performance in a Theology of Eros

Carl S. Hughes


Theology in the modern era often assumes that the consummate form of theological discourse is objective prose—ignoring or condemning apophatic traditions and the spiritual eros that drives them. For too long, Kierkegaard has been read along these lines as a progenitor of twentieth-century neo-orthodoxy and a stern critic of the erotic in all its forms. In contrast, Hughes argues that Kierkegaard envisions faith fundamentally as a form of infinite, insatiable eros. He depicts the essential purpose of Kierkegaard's writing as to elicit ever-greater spiritual desire, not to provide the satisfacti ... More

Keywords: Aesthetic, Theater, Lutheran, Liturgy, Eros, Desire, Theology, Anders Nygren, Karl Barth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780823257256
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823257256.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carl S. Hughes, author
Kierkegaard Library, St. Olaf College.