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Unfolding “Ash Wednesday”

Karmen Mackendrick

in Word Made Skin

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780823224067
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235902 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823224067.003.0004
Unfolding “Ash Wednesday”

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This chapter discusses the poem “Ash Wednesday” and fold. Like touch, the fold gives us a sense of knowing that is elusive and continuing. Intriguing gender issues emerge in the poem to embody immanence and the apparently masculine narrator transcendence, but the theory from both Deleuze and Kierkegaard suggests strongly that both knowledge and faith belong to the former—and thus undermines the respective values usually given to these terms.

Keywords: poem; fold; elusive; gender issue; Deleuze; Kierkegaard

Chapter.  7245 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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