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<B>Dostoevsky: The Scandal of Reason </B><I> </I>, BANERJEE, MARIA
1 Dostoevsky: The Scandal of Reason
BANERJEE, MARIA
1584200413 / 9781584200413 Paperback 
Praise for Dostoevsky: The Scandal of Reason
“In a series of compelling, enlightening, and challenging essays Professor Banerjee looks at ‘Dostoevsky’s novelistic world as an intellectually coherent, spiritually integral whole.’ Her examination culminates in a brilliant attempt to provide a reasonable, rational, and verbal indictment of reason itself—comprehending and complementing the message of love and gestures of Dostoevsky’s positive heroes. Students and scholars of Russian and comparative literatures will find here a compelling case for Dostoevsky’s embrace of Christianity as his rebuttal to rationalist philosophy.”
—Thomas R. Beyer, Professor of Russian, Middlebury College

“This work is based on Maria Nemcová Banerjee’s many years of teaching and reflecting on the meaning of Dostoevsky’s novelistic world and worldview. Her grasp of his religious imagination is firm and her interpretations are challenging. Professor Banerjee is a trustworthy guide in analyzing Notes from the Underground and The Brothers Karamazov.
—George A. Panichas, Editor of Modern Age: A Quarterly Review

“Maria Nemcová Banerjee situates her work in a tradition of Dostoevsky interpretation that features such names as Berdyaev, Ivanov, and Soloviev. It is therefore no surprise that her study Dostoevsky: The Scandal of Reason gives voice to a passionate and committed reading, filtered through a close attention to both text and context. Taking as her starting point Dostoevsky’s famed dictum that, were Christ in reality to be outside truth, he would choose Christ over truth, she shows how, for Dostoevsky himself, it is actually our modern, rationalistic conceptions of truth that come out worst. If Ivan Karamzov’s ‘rebellion’ has provided modern atheism with one of its most powerful weapons, a close reading of The Brothers Karamazov demonstrates not only that Ivan’s logic is flawed, but that he himself knows that it is. Clear, committed, and with the resources of extensive scholarship behind it, this is a book that gives further thrust to the current revival of interest in Dostoevsky’s contribution to modern religious thought. As such it will be welcomed by students and teachers and, indeed, by those who read Dostoevsky simply because he is a great writer from whom we all have much to learn.”
—George Pattison, Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity, Oxford University

“A fascinating meditation, distilled from a lifetime’s study of Dostoevsky. With exquisite tact Maria Banerjee traces the workings of Dostoevsky’s art—and of his thought within and through the art—as she navigates the depths of the masterpieces that initiate and conclude his major period, Notes from Underground and The Brothers Karamazov, tracing the dialectic of reason and faith that is the hallmark of his contribution to the novel and to world culture.”
—Donald Fanger, Harry Levin Professor of Literature, Emeritus, Harvard University
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<B>Educating the Soul </B><I> On the Esoteric in Shakespeare</I>, ALWYN, JOSIE AND MASTERS, BRIEN
2 Educating the Soul On the Esoteric in Shakespeare
ALWYN, JOSIE AND MASTERS, BRIEN
1906999929 / 9781906999926 
The power of Shakespeare lies in his evidently conscious knowledge, skill and understanding of how to work with the alchemical potential in the human soul in the crafting of his plays. Each play is made as an exquisitely unique transformative device for the education of the soul.’

‘Books carry on conversations across the thresholds of time and space’, writes Josie Alwyn in her introduction. This book is the fruit of her ‘conversation’ with Brien Masters – a collaboration that began more than twenty years ago, when she was learning to be a Waldorf teacher. They open their discussions with the broader theme of the role and ‘mission’ of drama in human development, before focusing on the central topic: the potential for metamorphosis inherent in Shakespeare’s plays. This creative, birth-giving, transformative essence of Shakespeare – the esoteric core of his work – is vitally important to our times, they suggest, and contributes to the ongoing cultural education of the human soul.

Published to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Educating the Soul offers an overview of Shakespeare’s journey as a playwright in the context of evolving human consciousness. The heart of the book features nine essays on Shakespeare’s most performed plays. Just as the middle act of a Shakespearian drama gives a point of transformation, so these essays represent the central, unfolding dialogue that took place between the writers as the book developed. This section is followed by an in-depth study of Hamlet, that sees the story as a learning process, deeply strengthened by the primary character’s own education and changing consciousness. Finally, the book explores the theme of transformation through The Tempest and in relation to the archetypal ‘tree of life’.

Accessible to all, the motifs of the various chapters in this book are woven lightly together, enabling the reader to follow the contents in sequence, or to dip in and pick up the threads at any point.

JOSIE ALWYN, born in London in 1951, has lived most of her life amid the South Downs in Sussex. She was educated at Lewes Grammar School and Sussex University, graduating with an MA in English Renaissance Literature and Drama. Doctoral research led her deeper into the classical and medieval streams of thinking that flow into Shakespeare’s writing, and also introduced her to the work of Rudolf Steiner. The beginning of family life in 1984 opened vocational pathways into Steiner education: first in the Brighton Steiner School and at the London Waldorf Teacher Training Seminar with Brien Masters, then at Michael Hall Steiner School in Forest Row as Upper School English teacher. Josie is currently co-director of the London Waldorf Seminar and a Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship adviser.

BRIEN MASTERS (1931-2013) was a distinguished educationalist, musician and a prolific author. Qualified both as a State and Steiner-Waldorf teacher, he taught for more than 50 years, and acted as a consultant up to government ministerial level. He wrote numerous articles and publications for use in schools, and his Doctoral thesis was a critical appraisal of Waldorf praxis in the light of Rudolf Steiner’s educational ideas. His career included appointments as Choirmaster and Organist in the Anglican Church, Chair of the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship, Editor of Child and Man and Steiner Education, and Director of the London Waldorf Teacher Training Seminar. His books include Kindling the Word, Mozart and Adventures in Steiner Education
[When referring to this item please quote our ID 14327] 
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<B>Fairy Tale of the Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily </B><I> </I>, GOETHE, JOHANN WOLFGANG VON, WITH AN INTERPRETIVE ESSAY BY RUDOLF STEINER
3 Fairy Tale of the Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily
GOETHE, JOHANN WOLFGANG VON, WITH AN INTERPRETIVE ESSAY BY RUDOLF STEINER
0833400266 / 9780833400260 1991 
The Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily is one of the most important stories of the Anthroposophic and Rosicrucian streams. It is a timeless, allegorical tale of initiation and profoundly affected Rudolf Steiner and the formulation of his teachings. He called the fairy tale a kind of "secret revelation," an "apocalypse." As Paul Marshall Allen and Joan deRis Allen point out in their book The Time Is at Hand, Goethe’s fairy tale begins with a specific image: a river that separates two lands that stand in contrast to each other, just as the sensory and spiritual worlds do. The story ends with a bridge, created through sacrifice, that spans the river between the two lands.

Rudolf Steiner was so deeply impressed by Goethe’s fairy tale that he used it as the model for his own first mystery drama, The Portal of Initiation. Evidently, he told friends prior to its first performance, "I know how long and deeply you have loved Goethe’s fairy tale, and today I am happy to tell you that you will see it performed on stage."

This is a fairy tale for meditation—and for building bridges to the soul and spirit.
[When referring to this item please quote our ID 14823] 
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<B>Faust I and II </B><I> Goethe: The Collected Works Vol.# 2</I>, GOETHE, JOHANN W, ATKINS, STUART (TRANS)
4 Faust I and II Goethe: The Collected Works Vol.# 2
GOETHE, JOHANN W, ATKINS, STUART (TRANS)
069103656X / 9780691036564 
Goethe's most complex and profound work, Faust was the effort of the great poet's entire lifetime. Written over 60 years, it can be read as a document of Goethe's moral and artistic development. Faust is made available to the English reader in a completely new translation that communicates both its poetic variety and its many levels of tone. The language is present-day English, and Goethe's formal and rhythmic variety is reproduced in all its richness.
[When referring to this item please quote our ID 12789] 
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<B>Unveiling the Mystery of Dante </B><I> An Esoteric Understanding of Dante and his Divine Comedy</I>, BISBOCCI, ERIC L.
5 Unveiling the Mystery of Dante An Esoteric Understanding of Dante and his Divine Comedy
BISBOCCI, ERIC L.
1584209712 / 9781584209713 
This unique study examines Dante’s Divine Comedy in relation to the evolution of consciousness and explores Dante’s connection to the Knights Templar, the Fedeli d’amore, and other esoteric movements in his eternal quest for Divine Wisdom (Sophia), personified in the figure of Beatrice. By analyzing the poetry of Dante and the Fedeli d’amore, the author investigates the existence of a “secret language” and the transmission of sacred knowledge hidden within the lyrics of those who partook in the Dolce Stil Novo (Sweet New Style), the most significant literary movement in Italy during the 13th century.

Eric Bisbocci tells of how the “beatification of woman” was intimately connected to the transformation of being, while probing the internal dynamics of the initiatory practices relevant to that period. Finally, he reveals the relationship between the poetry of the Fedeli d’amore and that of the Troubadours, as well as that of the Sufi poets before them—all while questioning the efficacy of modern literary theory to fathom the esoteric meaning of Dante’s poem. All of this culminates with an in-depth analysis of the Divine Comedy in its entirety, canto by canto, based on the threefold nature of the human being—thinking, feeling, and willing—as outlined by Rudolf Steiner.

The principle aim of this book is to perceive the Divine Comedy as a “Spiritual Imagination.” Thus, the author’s ultimate reason for writing it is not to defend one particular interpretation of the Divine Comedy but, rather, to show how it can be imagined in such a way that it provides a blueprint whereby students of classical literature can find their own ways to configure a work of art imaginatively to better understand its relation to their own lives.
[When referring to this item please quote our ID 14701] 
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