Hidden Mutualities: Faustian Themes from Gnostic Origins to by Michael Mitchell

By Michael Mitchell

Hidden mutualities hyperlink the paintings of significant postcolonial writers with Christopher Marlowe's drama of the Faustian pact - the manipulation of the cloth global in trade for the soul - written because the medical world-view was once rising which followed the imperial enlargement of Europe and has made up our minds the industrial and social buildings of the colonial and postcolonial global. This interesting learn brings jointly researches in greatly varied fields to teach how 'Doctor Faustus' displays a Gnostic / airtight culture marginalized in the dominant eu energy buildings. Rediscovered within the Renaissance, and mixed with occult arts comparable to alchemy and magic, this dwelling culture informs the paintings of Magus figures similar to Pico della Mirandola, Marcilio Ficino, Trithemius, Johannes Reuchlin, Agrippa of Nettesheim, Paracelsus and John Dee, who're mirrored within the Faust culture and in Prospero in Shakespeare s 'The Tempest'. the second one half investigates the twin legacy of the Magus. A counterpoint among a law-governed target fabric international and an occult visionary pursuit of the divine capability of the human mind's eye is traced during the examples of Johan Kepler, Robert Fludd, Isaac Newton, William Blake, Rudyard Kipling, Aleister Crowley, W.B. Yeats, Wolfgang Pauli and C.G. Jung. within the 3rd half, textual research unearths how cognizance to those Faustian issues opens new and intriguing serious views in appreciating the works of postcolonial writers, particularly 'Dimetos' by means of Athol Fugard, 'Disappearance' by way of David Dabydeen, 'Omeros' by way of Derek Walcott, and the novels of Wilson Harris.

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It goes into an individual thing and always deals with all. ) 47 Ficino, De Amore, 252. Kristeller, The Philosophy of Marsilio Ficino, 111–12. 49 Marsilio Ficino, Théologie platonicienne de l’immortalité des âmes (Theologia Platonica), vol. 1 (Paris: Société d’Édition “Les Belles Lettres,” 1964): 141–42; tr. in Kristeller, The Philosophy of Marsilio Ficino, 120. ,”50 but, as has been made clear, Ficino’s achievement consisted less in the elaboration of a new philosophy than in gathering the strands of Neoplatonic, Hermetic and occult traditions, and reformulating them in a succinct and stimulating way.

The Nous next creates a human in its own image, and falls in love with the human, to whom it gives the creation. The human is given power to join in creation and leans across the armature of the spheres. 62 Thus humanity, really part of the world beyond the spheres, comes to be imprisoned within their orbit: from the energy of the seven Governors seven upright androgy60 Nock & Fustugière, Corpus Hermeticum, 7–19. Nock & Fustugière, Corpus Hermeticum, 7. 62 Note the subtle difference between this extraordinary image and the Narcissus story.

74 The similarities between this situation and the background of the postcolonial writers to be considered later are striking. 75 See Zoë Oldenbourg, Massacre at Montségur (1961; London: Phoenix, 2000). 72 28 HIDDEN MUTUALITIES ¹ Fascination, mystery, and an odour of concealment hang around the works of the Renaissance intellectuals after Ficino in the ‘occult’ tradition, all of whom are deeply concerned with the investigation of material reality with the aim of ‘reading’ it and applying the knowledge gained to manipulating the events and beings which are subject to its ‘laws’, now seen from a Gnostic perspective as either an impure reflection of God-given laws or the unjust impositions of the demiurge.

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