Loneliness and Lament

Loneliness and Lament : A Journey to Receptivity

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Patricia Joy Huntington reflects that loneliness does not only consist of the heartfelt absences of a friend, partner, spouse, or child, but rather stems from a radical breach in one's life journey. In this conceptually rigorous and warmly poetic book, Huntington develops a unique philosophy of receptivity and an original portrait of redemptive suffering. By fully exploring notions of pain, she also examines how the relation between the heart's musical attunement and meaning-filled life passages can lead one to a more spiritual philosophy and a more independent life. Huntington reveals the maternal face of God and encourages the feminine divine in her poignant narrative of overcoming. This deeply philosophical meditation offers a nuanced view of religious experience, providence, and transcendence.show more

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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 476.27g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 025322067X
  • 9780253220677
  • 1,735,320

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"A brave and brilliant book, which brings to bear a rich array of philosophical sources to address one of the most pressing issues women face in their lives-loneliness." -Drucilla Cornell, Rutgers University "Huntington... describe[s] the emotional growth of women through the life span. Calling on Jungian and biblical studies, the author is particularly interested in describing the challenges women have in coping with loss. -- Choice" -, November 2009 "A melodious meditation on a theme from which we suffer too much to theorize so little. Reading this book will stimulate collective healing at the most intimate source of philosophical life." -Catherine Keller, Drew University Huntington (philosophy and religious studies, New College of Interdisciplinary Arts, Arizona State Univ.) endeavors to describe the emotional growth of women through the life span. Calling on Jungian and biblical studies, the author is particularly interested in describing the challenges women have in coping with loss. The book is likely to appeal to a segment of the reading population interested in nondenominational, spiritual reading. That a 'commentary on sources' substitutes for a bibliography is an indicator of the personal writing style.... Summing Up: Optional. General readers; professionals. -- ChoiceD. L. Loers, Wartburg College, November 2009show more

About Patricia Huntington

Patricia Joy Huntington is Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, Arizona State University. She is author of Ecstatic Subjects, Utopia, and Recognition: Kristeva, Heidegger, and Irigaray and co-editor of Feminist Interpretations of Martin Heidegger.show more

Table of contents

ContentsPreface: A Wayfarer's SongPart 1. Life Is Song: The Quest for Music and Meaning 1. Fitful Dreams 2. Life and the Fight for Word 3. Primitive Aloneness: Our True Home 4. Receptivity and the Quest for Meaning-Filled Living 5. Loneliness and DeliverancePart 2. Lamentation and Woe: The Quest for the Mother 6. Shadows of Sorrow-Filled Lamentation 7. Ode to the Cup of Bitterness 8. Pain and Bearing 9. Lamentation and Sorrow 10. Tears for Want of Comforting Protection 11. Loneliness Whom I Must Befriend 12. Where Joy and Sorrow MeetPart 3. Intimacy and Bearing: The Quest for the Father 13. Life's Masculine Character 14. For What Are We Set Up? 15. Soft Words for Mother 16. For What Divine Operation Are We Set Up? 17. Journey to the Land Where Heart Grows 18. Pain and Intimacy: The Pause in Bearing 19. One Step... along the Way 20. A Resonant ChorusCommentary on SourcesAcknowledgmentsIndexshow more

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