Creativity at the edge of chaos: theopoetics in a blazing world

Walton, H. (2019) Creativity at the edge of chaos: theopoetics in a blazing world. Literature and Theology, 33(3), pp. 336-356. (doi: 10.1093/litthe/frz029)

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Theopoetics is a diverse movement in which many contrasting understanding of poetics, and the sacred, are articulated. Although there is no essence or core to the theopoetic project, theopoetic practitioners appear willing to sustain a common space for conversation and their work displays a common celebration of creative ways for reimagining the divine. However, creativity itself is rarely interrogated within theopoetics. Nor is the ambiguity of creative making addressed. This article explores this significant but neglected topic in an attempt to generate further theopoetic reflection on the ambivalence of creativity in relation to both human and divine ‘making’. Starting with conversations between Richard Kearney and Catherine Keller, discussions are extended through an engagement with Siri Hustvedt’s works of art criticism and her novel The Blazing World. Through Husdtvedt’s representations of ‘the woman artist’ we are encouraged to move beyond hygienic understandings of creativity and acknowledge the ethical and theological ambiguity of this key concept within theopoetics.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Walton, Professor Heather
Authors: Walton, H.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Critical Studies > Theology and Religious Studies
Journal Name:Literature and Theology
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN (Online):1477-4623
Published Online:18 September 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © The Author 2019
First Published:First published in Literature and Theology 33(3):336-356
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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