Alchemical Mercury: A Theory of Ambivalence by Karen Pinkus

By Karen Pinkus

How will we account, in a rigorous manner, for alchemy's ubiquity? we predict of alchemy because the transformation of a base fabric (usually lead) into gold, yet "alchemy" is a notice in large circulate in daily life, known as upon to satisfy a metaphoric accountability because the magical transformation of fabrics. virtually each tradition and time has had a few type of alchemy. This e-book seems at alchemy, now not at anyone specific example alongside the historic timeline, no longer as a convention or conception, no longer as a method of redemption, yet as a theoretical challenge, associated with genuine gold and actual construction on the planet. What emerges because the least universal denominator or "intensive estate" of alchemy is ambivalence, the very unlikely and paradoxical coexistence of 2 incompatible parts. Alchemical Mercury strikes from antiquity, in the course of the golden age of alchemy within the Dutch 17th century, to conceptual paintings, to replacement fuels, preventing to imagine with writers equivalent to Dante, Goethe, Hoffmann, the Grimm Brothers, George Eliot, and Marx. Eclectic and wide-ranging, this is often the 1st learn to contemplate alchemy with regards to literary and visible idea in a entire way.

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