Flowering Light: Kabbalistic Mysticism and the Art of Elliot R. Wolfson
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Flowering Light: Kabbalistic Mysticism and the Art of Elliot R. Wolfson

by Marcia Brennan

Marcia Brennan's book on the art and thought of Elliot R. Wolfson

 

Marcia Brennan is Professor of Art History and Religious Studies at Rice University in Houston, Texas. She received her Ph.D. in the History of Art and Architecture from Brown University. Her research engages modern and contemporary art history and museum studies; gender theory; mysticism and comparative religion; and the emerging field of the medical humanities. She is the author of numerous books, including Curating Consciousness: Mysticism and the Modern Museum (MIT Press, 2010); Flowering Light: Kabbalistic Mysticism and the Art of Elliot R. Wolfson (Rice University Press, 2009); Modernism's Masculine Subjects: Matisse, The New York School, and Post-Painterly Abstraction (MIT Press, 2004); Painting Gender, Constructing Theory: The Alfred Stieglitz Circle and American Formalist Aesthetics (MIT Press, 2001, 2002); and she is the lead author of the Menil Collection's twentieth-anniversary exhibition catalogue, A Modern Patronage: De Menil Gifts to American and European Museums (Yale, 2007). Recently, she is the recipient of grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Office of Research, Rice University, and Rice's Humanities Research Center. In both 2009 and 2010 she was awarded the George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching. In addition to her work at Rice University, Marcia Brennan serves as an Artist In Residence in the Department of Palliative Medicine at the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. This work represents the subject of two book projects.

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Introduction. Introduction
Chapter One. Acknowledgements
Chapter Two. Blake's Body: Marcia Brennan and the Paradoxical Paintings of Elliot R. Wolfson
Chapter Three. Introduction: Living with the Living: Entering and Exiting the Text, by Way of Night Traces
Chapter Four. Beginning by Way of Twilight: Purple Angel
Chapter Five. The Epiphany of the (In)visible: Texture and Epiphany
Chapter Six. The Painted Heartbeat: On Purple Wings
Chapter Seven. Where Light Draws Breath: Green Angel
Chapter Eight. The Eros of Flowering Light: Reading The Rose
Chapter Nine. Unsaying Eros: Fractured Androgyne
Chapter Ten. Oneiric Coils: Serpent's Dream and Pistis Sophia
Chapter Eleven. "Breaking Brokenness" and Splitting the Difference: Marriage
Chapter Twelve. Erasing Inscription, Inscripting Erasure: Palimpsest
Chapter Thirteen. Breaking Paths of Broken Light: Luminal Darkness
Chapter Fourteen. The Festival of Flames: Flaming Light
Chapter Fifteen. To Write the Cut: The Circumscripture of (E)met
Chapter Sixteen. By the Light of Our Wounds: Inkblood
Chapter Seventeen. "Working from the Other Side of the Clouds": Broken Landscape
Chapter Eighteen. The Book of Wings: Skytree
Chapter Nineteen. Saying His Own Unsaying: Passion
Chapter Twenty. Toward an Ending, by Way of Snowfall: Self-Portrait in the Snow
Chapter Twenty-one. Breaking Views of Falling Light: Vitreous Detachment and Free Fall
Chapter Twenty-two. Index
Chapter Twenty-three. Attributions