Journal Article

An Absolutely New Space

Thomas J. J. Altizer

in Literature and Theology

Volume 21, issue 4, pages 347-361
Published in print December 2007 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online October 2007 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/frm037
An Absolutely New Space

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This article engages with the initially scientific, and then philosophical and theological, transfigurations of space that have occurred since the seventeenth century, as they lead us towards a radical praxis of a nihilistic space. It is the epic poets, such as Dante, Milton, Blake and Joyce, who provide the parameters of an absolutely new space, a revolutionary transfiguration of space and God; it is the great epics that intimately influence real space through an enactment of universal liturgy and ritual. Such enactment draws us inescapably into a uniquely apocalyptic nihilism, but one to be affirmed and embraced rather than denied.

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Subjects: Literature ; Religion and Art, Literature, and Music

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