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Proceedings of the British Academy

Faces of the Infinite

Neoplatonism and Poetry at the Confluence of Africa, Asia and Europe

Faces of the Infinite

Proceedings of the British Academy

Faces of the Infinite

Neoplatonism and Poetry at the Confluence of Africa, Asia and Europe

Proceedings of the British Academy: Faces of the Infinite

 

Neoplatonism forms part of the common heritage of the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim cultures of the greater Mediterranean and left its mark on the region's poets. The verses composed from Late Antiquity to the modern period, in the seven languages which were representative of the region, confirm the cross-cultural relevance of Neoplatonic thought.


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Beschrijving Proceedings of the British Academy: Faces of the Infinite

Neoplatonism, the dominant philosophy of Late Antiquity, inspired not only the intellectual traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam but also their arts. Neoplatonic notions of the ascent of the soul, the nature of love and beauty, divine immanence and transcendence, and the interplay between the many and the One, have for centuries left comparable marks on the poetry of Western Asia, North Africa and Europe. This volume focuses on the Greater Mediterranean and
discusses authors who wrote in Arabic, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Persian, Spanish and Turkish, from medieval times to the present day. Among them are many celebrated exponents of their respective classical traditions, including Dante, Ibn Arabi and Ibn Gabirol. Major contemporary poets writing in these
languages have continued to engage with the Neoplatonic heritage assimilated by their forbears. Particular attention is therefore given also to the modern period.
The findings gathered here demonstrate that Neoplatonism is a cross-cultural phenomenon of outstanding importance which has given rise to a distinct 'Neoplatonic poetics' and remains relevant by pointing the way towards an inclusive sense of identity commensurate with a pluralist world.


ISBN
9780197267257
Pagina's
504
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Serie
Proceedings of the British Academy
NUR
320
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
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British Academy

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