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Spirituality and Desire in Leonard Cohen??s Songs and Poems : Visions from the Tower of Song


English | 2017 | ISBN: 1443816868 | 179 Pages | PDF | 0.8 MB

This volume represents the first ever collection of essays on Leonard Cohen to be published in the UK and one of the very first to be produced internationally. The essays range from unique insights offered by Cohens award-winning, authorised biographer Sylvie Simmons through to discussions of major themes in Cohens output, such as spirituality and desire, and include creative reflections from a filmmaker and poets upon their own creative response to his practice. Emerging from a one day symposium organised by Professor Peter Billingham at the University of Winchester, UK, to celebrate Cohens 80th birthday, this Festschrift collection represents a uniquely stimulating, insightful and provocative discussion of the songs and poems of Leonard Cohen, combining academic rigour with serious engagement with this remarkable poet and singer-songwriter. In the wake of the tragic news of Cohens passing in late 2016, with a legacy of iconic favourites such as Suzanne and Bird on the Wire through to more recent worldwide successes such as Hallelujah and Anthem, this book is a must-read for cultural studies scholars and Cohen aficionados alike.


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