New PDF release: Alchemical Mercury: A Theory of Ambivalence

By Karen Pinkus

ISBN-10: 0804760322

ISBN-13: 9780804760324

How do we account, in a rigorous method, for alchemy's ubiquity? we expect of alchemy because the transformation of a base fabric (usually lead) into gold, yet "alchemy" is a note in huge move in way of life, referred to as upon to meet a metaphoric accountability because the magical transformation of fabrics. nearly each tradition and time has had a few type of alchemy. This ebook seems to be at alchemy, no longer at anybody specific example alongside the ancient timeline, no longer as a tradition or idea, no longer as a method of redemption, yet as a theoretical challenge, associated with genuine gold and actual creation on the earth. What emerges because the least universal denominator or "intensive estate" of alchemy is ambivalence, the very unlikely and paradoxical coexistence of 2 incompatible parts. Alchemical Mercury strikes from antiquity, during the golden age of alchemy within the Dutch 17th century, to conceptual artwork, to substitute fuels, preventing to imagine with writers akin to Dante, Goethe, Hoffmann, the Grimm Brothers, George Eliot, and Marx. Eclectic and wide-ranging, this can be the 1st learn to contemplate alchemy when it comes to literary and visible idea in a accomplished way.

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