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Suspensio Animi, Or The Interweaving Of Mysticism And Artistic Creation

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The present work intends to establish some coordinates for the phenomenon of self-detachment - of one's conscience, judgement, and sense - and its creative manifestations in the mystical literature of the Golden Age, which, among other representations, anticipate the exploitation of the oneiric by the Avant-garde movements. This article attempts to sketch the main lines through which conscience (either deliberately or involuntarily as spontaneous answer to certain circumstances) is capable of suspending conclusion and remaining in doubt, neither affirming nor denying. This process leads to literary manifestations of a phenomenon which, far from extinguishing itself throughout history, represents a solid bridge between pagan thought and that associated with the so-called &t;existential aesthetic&t;. The Golden Age makes evident use of suspensio animi, associating it especially with ascetic and mystical creation, and most importantly with ecstasy and rapture.

Keywords: ascetic; Avant-garde; ecstasy; Golden Age; mystical; suspensio animi



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