A strikingly original presentation of Western history and thought centered around the symbol of horizon. It is a place where perceptions trail off; theologically speaking, it is "rife with transcendental openness." Citing art, literature, religion, science, and philosophy, Maleuvre raises intriguing questions about human longing. 382 pages, hardcover. University of California.
With this book Maleuvre does not so much intervene in contemporary debates in the humanities as challenges us to reconsider our investment in some of the existential questions that have long motivated humanistic inquiry. Whatever one's position with respect to the questions Maleuvre raises, the reader is sure to be wonderstruck, provoked, or stirred at some point along the way.
-Paul A. Kottman,
author of Tragic Conditions in Shakespeare and A Politics of the Scene
Maleuvre's approach is innovative and intriguing. The questions raised in each chapter are absolutely critical to general discussions on the meaning and potentiality of the arts in cultural, political, and social history."--Diane Apostolos-Cappadona, Religious Art & Cultural History, Georgetown University
Maleuvre has a poetic touch. He offers new and surprising insights on artists, thinkers, and writers we have either read or heard of often, but now are invited to view from a new perspective. This work challenges readers to new dimensions of creative thought.
--Clifford W. Edwards,
Author of Mystery of The Night Café: Hidden Key to the Spirituality of Vincent Van Gogh
"Written by an academic but not just for other academics, The Horizon is a rollicking romp through four millennia of humanity's ever-continuing attempt to confront--through art, philosophy, literature and science--death, the universe, and everything. Intellectual history on steroids, The Horizon, stalwartly grand in its sweep and studded with steely insights each cultural step of the way, aims to liberate the reader's mind from the confines of the here and now and enables it to be what it was always meant to be: truly human.
Metro State College Denver