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

Colby Dickinson


This book is concerned with matters of representation and failure, especially insofar as they indicate deep and often startling truths about the nature of spiritual and theological reflection. This volume turns to poets such as Celan, Wallace Stevens, Adrienne Rich, Giovanni Pascoli and Giorgio Caproni because they are all poets who sought directly to enter into the struggle with oppression that takes place within language. They illuminate the tensions present within the failures of representation in a profound manner. The path this study of poetic struggle against oppression and representatio ... More

Keywords: Celan, creativity, failure, poetry, publishing, representation, spirituality, theology, writing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780823272839
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823272839.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Colby Dickinson, author
Loyola University Chicago