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Spirit scribing: textual sensitivities of writing and reading spirituality

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dc.contributor.advisor Kruger, J. S. (Jacobus Stefanus), 1940-
dc.contributor.advisor Peterson, E. H. Dube, Christopher 2009-08-25T10:45:04Z 2009-08-25T10:45:04Z 2002-05 2002-05-31 en
dc.identifier.citation Dube, Christopher (2002) Spirit scribing: textual sensitivities of writing and reading spirituality, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract There are certain texts and certain ways of writing which when we encounter, we feel we are touching the edge of mystery. What obtains in such texts is the revelation of spirit, the resonance of the holy. The creation of texts that capture and display this sense is an artistic capability. To read receptively in a manner that uncovers this sense of spirit is also an artistic capability. These two approaches to writing and reading form the background of this study. Together they describe what is identified in the study as textual spirituality. The foreground of the study is a consideration of the unique aspects of the textual approach to spirituality with a view to how it can be cultivated and recognized in the academy and so contribute to the clearer organizing of spirituality as a discipline. There are three parts to the study. Part One deals with the challenges of understanding and studying spirituality and spirituality texts in general. It then explores, specifically, the philosophical bases and rationale forwriting spirituality texts as a mode of communicating the sense of spirit. Part Two of the study is demonstrative. It displays an example of the writing of an original spirituality text using the frameworks of the poetic, the narrative and the intuitive. Part Three, following, is largely concerned with those approaches to reading that facilitate the garnering of the sense of spirit from written texts. It then revisits the question of the disciplinary identity of textual spirituality and how it may have a cogent contribution in the academy. Overall, the study is an argument for the possibility of the artistic inscription and transcription of spirit through the agency of written texts. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xiii, 235 pages)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Spirituality en
dc.subject Spirituality - Study of en
dc.subject Spirituality literature - Writing and Reading en
dc.subject Literary arts - Spiritual aspects en
dc.subject Education - Spiritual aspects en
dc.subject.ddc 204.4
dc.subject.lcsh Spirituality en
dc.subject.lcsh Spiritual life en
dc.subject.lcsh Religion -- Philosophy en
dc.title Spirit scribing: textual sensitivities of writing and reading spirituality en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Religious Studies and Arabic en D. Litt. et Phil. (Religious Studies) en

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