Revelation Occurs to each of us at every hour in the form of thoughts, feelings, dreams, insights and intuitions that seemingly derive from an unknown source. it feels like a gift. And yet it is inseparable from the catastrophic. Eric Rhode shows how this might be so. Writing from within a psychoanalytic tradition, he draws on material from anthropology, mythology and from theories of place and pilgrimage. He looks to Kafka’s parable of the dying emperor to discover how revelation as gift and revelation as catastrophe co-exist in tragic disjunction.
Introduction: I have eyes but I cannot see -- THE SECLUDED ENCLOSURE -- 1 Intolerable light -- 2 An inconceivable beauty -- 3 Oedipus and the theme of pilgrimage -- THE LAW OF THE EXCLUDED MIDDLE -- 4 The third psychoanalytic paradigm for revelation -- THE REDEMPTION OF KRONOS -- 5 The first Kronos myth -- 6 The narratives that constitute the second Kronos myth -- 7 the third Kronos myth: Plutarch and Kronos -- 8 Macrobius and the double image -- ART AND PILGRIMAGE -- 9 The bound god and the nature of the psychoanalytic journey -- 10 Two portraits -- Robert Smithson -- Bernard Deacon -- 11 Place, dimension, and the immeasurable -- 12 The gift -- References and bibliography – Index -- Acknowledgements.