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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 07 | volume II | February-March, 1999



                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 07February-March, 1999

Love and Alchemy

- towards Dionysusian propagation of the theory of literature -

p. 1
Elizabeta Šeleva

The interpretation itself is a form of the will for power existing as passion
    Friedrich Nietsche
    Writing is a science of enjoying the language, its kamasutra
    Rolan Bart
    I like everything I know
    Dr. Falus, a character in the play “… Who Started First” by Dejan Dukovski

    Even though initially marked with its apophatic, unutterable and rationally unexplainable character, love, with its constitutional feature of being an “experience, incommunicable by ideas,” according to Octavio Pas, one of its undoubted connoisseurs, has long been a theoretical theme par excellence as well, even more when, beginning with troubadour poetry, it (love) has developed into a certain institution.
    Judging according to the deepest philosophical perceptions, love ranks amongst metaphysical qualities, marginal conditions and deadly (fatal) issues which are determining for human existence just given the man's fatal commitment and fateful finiteness, in the world. In this apocalyptic context, love has been prescribed certain hermeneutics of offense and transcedence; altogether with the soteriologic (salvational), cathartic, heuristic, world-creational and even – Utopian connotation and power! Allowing dissimilar levels of division, love, as a phenomenon, passes through and is subject to a few transformations: according to its shape, it can be passion, ecstasy, philia (as the one of Tristan and Isolde's), or a mystic delirium, nirvana, agape (as the one of religious novices'); according to its object, it can be abstract love for objectless love; that is, universal cosmic love – or, it can be concrete love, directed exclusively towards one or several beings; according to the way of its expression, love can be declaring, made known by the means of the lexis, styled or categorized according to its style, and performing (performed and proved, self-sufficient exactly on the language level), or love can be an activating force, corroborated on the practice level by a certain act, self-sacrifice, or an ethic deed. Fateful, fatal, and inevitable such as it is, love has also some daimonic aspects of the body and corporeality; submerged in dark, irrational impulses, it may be primarily (al)chemic occurrence, non-expectable stream which leans toward coalescence, or synthesis; toward certain cosmic (omni-prevalent) wedding, celebration, harmony of the unity with the world, symbolized through the loved person…

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