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    Title: Codas of Creation: Emanation Mysticism and Alchemical Regeneration in Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life
    Authors: 柯瑞強
    Contributors: 英文系
    Keywords: Neoplatonism;Kabbalah;Hermeticism;alchemy;renaissance;film;Terrence Malick;mysticism
    Date: 2015-12
    Issue Date: 2016-06-06 15:46:40 (UTC+8)
    Abstract: This article gives a mystical interpretation of Terrence Malick’s award-winning film, The Tree of Life (2011), arguing that Malick carefully develops two esoteric patterns to structure his visual language: first, a triadic symbolism of divine emanation and return, and second, a complementary alchemical pattern of ascent and descent portraying the process of regeneration. Far from being a doctrinal presentation of Christianity, as some critics suppose, The Tree of Life engages little known but highly influential bodies of esoteric knowledge to offer a visually complex and symmetrical representation of genesis and alchemical transmutation. With the tree of life presented as an initiatory symbol of the axis mundi, Malick’s film portrays creation as a chiastic process, one point of view staging a triadic structure of emanation mysticism and the other offering a magical variation of this pattern in the human struggle for renewal in time.
    Relation: Religion and the Arts, Vol.19, No.5, pp.552 – 582
    Data Type: article
    DOI 連結: http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/15685292-01905004
    DOI: 10.1163/15685292-01905004
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