Extract: According to Harold Bloom, contra Augustine, a serious meditation on the angel is not a pursuit valid only as an intellectual exercise and nothing more. As the above passages uggests, to contemplate the angelic world entails the possibility of an encounter with our own image - one that changes through the ages, to be sure. In other words, the malleable conceptualization and theorization of that curiously beautiful, utterly strange, and at the same time, terrifying (as Rilke knew only too well) mediatory figure we find in so many of our worlds religions and their stories offers us the chance to assess, philosophically, who and what we were and are.
|Title of host publication||Breathing with Luce Irigaray|
|Editors||L. Skof, E.A. Holmes|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Number of pages||19|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|