The essays in Kierkegaard, Literature, and the Arts, contextualized with an insightful introduction by Eric Ziolkowski, explore Kierkegaard’s relationship to literature (poetry, prose, and storytelling), the performing arts (theater, music, opera, and dance), and the visual arts, including film. The collection is rounded out with a comparative section that considers Kierkegaard in juxtaposition with a romantic poet (William Blake), a modern composer (Arnold Schoenberg), and a contemporary singer‑songwriter (Bob Dylan). Kierkegaard was as much an aesthetic thinker as a philosopher, and his philosophical writings are complemented by his literary and music criticism.
Kierkegaard, Literature, and the Arts will offer much of interest to scholars concerned with Kierkegaard as well as teachers, performers, and readers in the various aesthetic fields discussed.
CONTRIBUTORS: Christopher B. Barnett, Martijn Boven, Anne Margrete Fiskvik, Joakim Garff, Ronald M. Green, Peder Jothen, Ragni Linnet, Jamie A. Lorentzen, Edward F. Mooney, George Pattison, Nils Holger Petersen, Howard Pickett, Marcia C. Robinson, James Rovira
1. The Bonfire of the Genres: Kierkegaard’s Literary Kaleidoscope
2. Kierkegaard’s Disruptions of Literature and Philosophy: Freedom, Anxiety, and Existential Contributions
Edward F. Mooney
3. Kierkegaard’s Existential Play: Storytelling and the Development of the Religious Imagination in the Authorship
Marcia C. Robinson
4. Kierkegaard’s Christian Bildungsroman
II. PERFORMING ARTS
5. Beyond the Mask: Kierkegaard’s Postscript as Anti-Theatrical, Anti-Hegelian Drama
6. A Theater of Ideas: Performance and Performativity in Kierkegaard’s Repetition
7. Kierkegaard’s Notions of Drama and Opera: Molière’s Don Juan, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and the Question of Music and Sensuousness
Nils Holger Petersen
8. “Let No One Invite Me, for I Do Not Dance”: Kierkegaard’s Attitudes Toward Dance
Anne Margrete Fiskvik
III. VISUAL ARTS AND FILM
9. Painting with Words: Kierkegaard and the Aesthetics of the Icon
Christopher B. Barnett
10. Kierkegaard’s Approach to Pictorial Art, and to Specimens of Contemporary Visual Culture
11. “Kierkegaard’s Concept of Inherited Sin: A Cinematic Illustration”
Ronald M. Green
12. The Moravian Origins of Kierkegaard’s and Blake’s Socratic Literature
13. Don Giovanni and Moses and Aaron: The Possibility of a Kierkegaardian Affirmation of Music
14. Kierkegaard, Dylan, and Masked and Anonymous Neighbor-Love
Jamie A. Lorentzen
“This is an imaginative, provocative collection of essays that not only teaches us about Kierkegaard, but it teaches us to be better, more well-informed readers of him. . . Eric Ziolkowski deserves our gratitude for his extensive, fascinating and original book that expands the boundaries of our thoughts on religion, literature, and the arts in the writings of the Danish master.” —Literature and Theology
"Eric Ziolkowski’s Kierkegaard, Literature, and the Arts is a thought-provoking exploration of Kierkegaard’s treatment of the aesthetic generally, and of the arts individually. Ziolkowski has done a masterful job of organizing the essays as mutually illuminating contributions on a variety of themes, such as receptivity and engagement, immanence and transcendence, and Bildung and disruption. Throughout, Ziolkowski and his contributors engage these issues with a lively sense for the apt metaphor, for the revealing historical and cultural reference, and for the sheer variety of voices and forms that comprise the Kierkegaardian authorship." —Vanessa Parks Rumble, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Boston College
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