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The Sacred Desert

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232 pages
The Sacred Desert is a reflection on the role of the desert in theology, history, literature, art and film.

  • An original reflection on the role of the desert in theology, history, literature, art and film.
  • Discusses figures as diverse as Jesus, the early Christian Desert Fathers, T.E. Lawrence, T.S. Eliot, Georgia O’Keeffe, Wim Wenders and Jim Crace.
  • Makes connections across millennia of desert literature.
  • Deepens the reader’s understanding of the desert as a real place, as an interior space, and as a textual site,
  • Concludes with comments on the recent conflicts in Iraq.
  • Written in a readable and engaging style.
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Foreword by David E. Klemm.
Preface.
List of illustrations.
1. Introduction: Meeting Points.
2. The Bible, Schoenberg, and Heidegger.
3. The Desert Fathers: Wandering and Miracles.
4. Time and Memory, Wind and Space: The Desert and Mysticism.
5. Mysticism and Modernity: Thomas Merton meets Don Cupitt.
6. The Literature of the Desert: Travellers and Poets.
7. The Literature of the Desert: Novelists.
8. Artists: Georgia O'Keefe, Bill Viola and Abstract Expressionism.
9. Films of the Desert: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Wim Wenders, Claire Dennis.
10. Desert Theology and Total Presence: Poets William Blake, T.S. Eliot and Yves Bonnefoy meet Hegel and Altizer.
11. Conclusion: Meeting Point.
Postscript: The Desert and the Recent Wars in Iraq.
Bibliography.
Index