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Tangle of Matter & Ghost

Leonard Cohen's Post-Secular Songbook of Mysticism(s) Jewish & Beyond

Aubrey Glazer (author)

ISBN: 9781618115812

Publication Date: Aug 2017

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Analyses the lyrical poetry of Leonard Cohen through a post-secular lens. The volume fuses sophisticated theory and popular culture with critical analysis that is lacking in most of the rock n' roll biographies about Leonard Cohen.
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Tangle of Matter & Ghost: Leonard Cohen's Post-Secular Songbook of Mysticism(s) Jewish & beyond analyzes the lyrical poetry of Leonard Cohen through a post-secular lens. The volume fuses sophisticated theory and popular culture with critical analysis that is lacking in most of the rock n' roll biographies about Leonard Cohen. How does this mystical maestro's songbook emerge to illuminate questions of meaning making in a post-secular context when correlated with thinkers like Charles Taylor, Edward S. Casey, Jurgen Habermas, Slavoj iek, Jeffrey Kripal and Harold Bloom along with others. Cohen's mysticism is also analyzed in relationship to Kabbalah, Hasidism and Rinzai Buddhism. Tangle of Matter & Ghost presents a unique inter-disciplinary approach to Jewish philosophy and literary studies with wide appeal for diverse audiences and readership.
Language English
Pages 336
Dimensions 234 x 158
Date Published 30 Aug 2017
Publisher Academic Studies Press
Series New Perspectives in Post-Rabbinic Judaism
Subject/s Individual composers & musicians, specific bands & groups   Jewish studies   Judaism: mysticism   Music reviews & criticism  
  • Acknowledgements
  • Preface: Shaul Magid
  • Chapter 1: Prelude: New Skin for Post-Secular Philosophy of Circum/fession
  • Chapter 2: On Exile As Redemption in (Canadian) Jewish Mysticism
  • Chapter 3: From Darkness, A Love of All This: Seeking Sacred in Post-Secular Song
  • Chapter 4: Tangle of Matter & Ghost: Objective Spirit & Non-Dual Reality
  • Chapter 5: A Question of Pure Consciousness in the Priestly Blessing of Love
  • Chapter 6: Amen to American Agnosticism
  • Chapter 7: Nothing as Whole as a Broken Middle Matzah
  • Chapter 8: Falling with Our Angels, So Human
  • Chapter 9: "An Appetite for Something Like Religion": Unbinding the Binding of Isaac, Jesus Christ & Joan of Arc through Zen
  • Chapter 10: Standing Where There Used to Be a Street: 9/11 Post-Secularism & Sacred Song
  • Chapter 11: Never Mind this Neuzeit, Here's Kaddish: Between the Nameless & the Name
  • Chapter 12: Coda: A Philosophy of Post-Secular Song in Light of Piyyut as a Cultural Lens
  • Postface: Elliot R. Wolfson
Aubrey L. Glazer, Ph.D. (University of Toronto) is rabbi of Congregation Beth Sholom, San Francisco. His latest books dedicated to exploring Jewish philosophy in different contexts: Mystical Vertigo: Kabbalistic Hebrew Poetry Dancing Over the Divide (Academic Studies Press, 2013) and A New Physiognomy of Jewish Thinking: Critical Theory After Adorno as Applied to Jewish Thought (Continuum, 2011) recently translated into Hebrew (Resling Press, 2015).

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