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Mystical Emotions and the Limits of Language in Contemporary Italian, French, and English Literatures

Objective

This project will contribute to an emerging research field dealing with mysticism in contemporary literature, and represents the first attempt to study contemporary “mystical literature” from both an interdisciplinary and comparative standpoint. The framework addresses the connections between “mystical emotions” and language, pushing the boundaries between literary analysis, the philosophy of emotions, and the philosophy of language. Unlike many contemporary studies in Literature and Religion—that mix or interchange concepts such as “mysticism”, “sacred”, “epiphany”, etc.—this project advocates for an accurate definition of “mysticism”, from both a historical and a philosophical perspective.
The overall objective of this project is to map and examine the phenomenon of “mystical experience” through a multilingual and contemporary literary corpus that transcends the limitations, related to the timespan and the religious context, of even the most important academic research in this field. The key outcome of this theoretical and literary inquiry will consist of a classification of “mystical emotions” in contemporary literature in different languages (English, French, and Italian), including a description of the main features and attributes of mystical emotions and experiences. The research outputs will be crucial additions to the current state-of-the-art, and will represent an essential contribution to enhance interreligious dialogue as well as map spiritual imaginaries in contemporary European culture.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA CA' FOSCARI VENEZIA
Net EU contribution
€ 172 750,08
Address
Dorsoduro 3246
30123 Venezia
Italy

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Region
Nord-Est Veneto Venezia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
No data

Partners (1)

UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA
Canada
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
550 Cumberland Street (246-ovpr)
K1N 6N5 Ottawa

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
No data