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Divine EnjoymentA Theology of Passion and Exuberance$
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Elaine Padilla

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823263561

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823263561.001.0001

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Incarnations of Carnivalesque Passion and Open-Ended Boundaries

(p.159) Five Impropriety
Divine Enjoyment

Elaine Padilla

Fordham University Press

By means of poetry, play and assorted literary devices, and in expanding the final imageries of the first chapter, chapter five offers the image of the improper figure of a God who dances, laughs, who is drunk for the cosmos, that is, outside of God’s wits. This is a festive and carnivalesque figure who in loving excessively intermingles with a multitude of lovers—humans, animals, and plants—mystically becoming with them polyamorous. The path first followed is the one paved by the festive theologies and their impetus towards an aesthetic praxis, which then is assumed in a turn towards the contributions of more explicit “indecent” theologies of the festive type, aiming at making room for a God who can endure a metamorphosis—the poet of the universe incarnating its ecstatic poem, so that the poem itself can also incarnate this most hospitable divinity towards the grotesque.

Keywords:   impropriety, theopoetic, carnivalesque (carne), fiesta, grotesque, excess, aesthetic praxis, polyamorous (polyamorosity), liminal (liminality), body

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