Emily King (Chicago) on “Poetry as Decreation”

Lectures. La lecture – sauf une certaine qualité d’attention – obéit à la pesanteur. On lit les opinions suggérées par la pesanteur.

Simone Weil, "La pesanteur et la grâce", 1943

This is our conference death | text | resonance Simone Weil and writing to(wards) death in July 2020.

We invited scholars from different fields to choose a text by Simone Weil or a somehow related writer or thinker to read and discuss.

EMily King


Emily is Elsa Marty Fellow at the University of Chicago Divinity School.

Though she refrained from formal baptism, Simone Weil’s writings and her life undeniably involve a turning toward God. An admirer of Plato, Weil moreover held that the experience of reading poetry, with its focus on beauty, form, and restraint, is strikingly reflective of spiritual conversion. In this podcast, we’ll examine Weil’s account of her conversion in Attente de Dieu, particularly as it relates to her understanding of poetry and attention.

Autobiographie spirituelle. 15 mai 1942.

Attente de Dieu, Paris: Éditions Fayard, 1966 [Lettres écrites du 19 janvier au 26 mai 1942.]

New contributions:

Luca Pellarin (Erfurt) & Thomas Sojer (denʞkollektiv): Reading Pierre-Joseph Proudhon – Franz C. Overbeck and Simone Weil in catalogical notes.

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Book Launch of ‘Effort and Grace’ by Simone Kotva

For activity to be passive, it must receive something from beyond itself; it must be in excess of itself. By the spiritual I mean this fact of experience in excess of voluntary effort, of which exercise is a part. This distinction, it seems to me, is crucial. To a large part, the confusion which surrounds

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Stephanie Strickland (New York): “Soul Learns Everything from Body”

Key In this poem, Stephanie refers to Simone Weil’s notion of “reading,” one of the ways we are physically imbricated in knowing. Stephanie shares Robert Kemp’s wish. Kemp speaks, as Thomas R. Nevin says, “for all Weil enthusiasts in the remark, comme on voudrait la rappeler sur cette terre, pour lui dire qu’on l’aime, et

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