The Poet and the Dancer

Kimerer L. LaMothe

in Between Dancing and Writing

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780823224036
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236916 | DOI:
The Poet and the Dancer

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This chapter examines Fear and Trembling to investigate why Kierkegaard describes his model of faith, Abraham, as a dancer. Kierkegaard contrasts dancing with philosophical writing to signal an unbridgeable chasm between religion and the science of it. Dance appears as a metaphor for a dialectical relationship between reason and experience whose terms are held together only in the passion of a singular individual. The discussion concludes that Kierkegaard's response to Hegel enforces a sense of opposition between writing and dancing as practices. In doing so, Kierkegaard helps elucidate the connection between adherence to an emergence narrative of the field and a difficulty acknowledging any contribution dance can make to theory and method in religious studies.

Keywords: Kierkegaard; poet; Hegel; Johannes Silentio; Abraham

Chapter.  5946 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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