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The Use of the Sixth Sense in the Novels of Frank Norris

Description: Frank Norris uses the sixth sense in his writings as a creative device, explaining the illusory characteristics of life mainly in six works: The Responsibilities of the Novelist, Blix, Vandover and the Brute, McTeague, The octopus, and The Pit. In The Octopus, Vanamee, a character fashioned after Norris's friend Bruce Porter, becomes the focal point for the author's elucidation of the sixth sense, and also of related powers such as telepathy, hypnosis, and transmigration, all related to a moral natural order. In the other works the sixth sense is consistently utilized by Norris's special characters in correctly perceiving unknown knowledge. It is conclusive that Norris acknowledges and accepts the mysterious as a reality and attempts to explain it.
Date: December 1974
Creator: Neal, Nancy L.
Partner: UNT Libraries

Major Themes in the Poetry of James Dickey

Description: The themes of sensual experience, nature, and mysticism in James Dickey's poetry are examined. Dickey's "Poems 1957- 1967" and "The Eye-Beaters, Blood, Victory, Madness, Buckhead and Mercy" are the primary sources for the poems. Selections from a decade of Dickey criticism are also represented. Dickey presents a wide spectrum of attitudes toward acceptance of the physical body, communion with nature, and transcendence of the human condition, but the poems exhibit sufficient uniformity to allow thematic generalizations to be made.
Date: August 1975
Creator: Tucker, Charles C.
Partner: UNT Libraries

The Transcendental Experience of the English Romantic Poets

Description: This study is an exploration into the Romantics' transcendence of the dualistic world view and their attainment of a holistic vision. Chapter I formulates a dichotomy between the archaic (sacrosanct) world view and the modern (mechanistic) world view. Chapter II discusses the reality of the religious experience in Romanticism. Chapter III elucidates the Romantics' use of mystic myths and noetic symbols. Chapter IV treats the Romantic transcendence of the dualistic world view and the problems of expressing the transcendental experience in aesthetic form. Supporting theories include those of Henri Bergson, Martin Buber, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and M. H. Abrams. The study concludes by assessing the validity of the Romantic vision in the modern world.
Date: August 1974
Creator: Berliner, Donna Gaye
Partner: UNT Libraries

Lay Spirituality in Fourteenth-Century England

Description: In fourteenth-century England, a form of lay spirituality emerged, influenced by the writings and example of the famous mystics, both English and continental, of that period, but much affected by other developments as well. Against the background of socio-economic and political change, the emergence of lay spirituality is examined, with particular emphasis upon continuity and change within the church, the religious instruction of the age, and the spirituality of the English mystics. Finally, the sole surviving written record of lay spirituality of the period, The Book of Margery Kempe, is investigated, along with its author, Margery Kempe - pilgrim, visionary, and aspiring mystic.
Date: May 1991
Creator: Field, Carol Hammond
Partner: UNT Libraries

Religion and Politics in the Poetry of W.B. Yeats

Description: Previous critics have paid insufficient attention to the political implications of Yeats's life-long preoccupation with a wide range of Western and Eastern religious traditions. Though he always preserved some skepticism about mysticism's ability to reshape the material world, the early Yeats valued the mystical idea of oneness in part because he hoped (mistakenly, as it turned out) that such oneness would bring Catholic and Protestant Ireland together in a way that might make the goals of Irish nationalism easier to accomplish. Yeats's celebration of mystical oneness does not reflect a pseudo-fascistic commitment to a static, oppressive unity. Like most mystics—and most modernists—Yeats conceived of both religious and political oneness not as a final end but rather as an ongoing process, a "way of happening" (as Auden put it).
Date: August 1997
Creator: Yoo, Baekyun
Partner: UNT Libraries

Guest Editorial: The Search for God and Afterlife in the Age of Science

Description: Abstract: Near-death experiences (NDEs) and other transpersonal experiences -- those that transcend the usual personal experiential limits of space and/or time -- point to the existence and nature of God and ongoing personal consciousness following physical death. In this article, I review the history of these experiences prior to 1850 and of their study during three periods of scientific research between 1850 and the present. I conclude that (1) a large percentage of the population has experienced NDEs and other transpersonal experiences, (2) the overwhelming majority of these experiencers are mentally healthy, and (3) these experiences change people's lives for the better. I contend that although NDEs and other transpersonal experiences cannot prove the existence of a personal God and afterlife, they definitely point to them.
Date: Spring 2010
Creator: Vincent, Ken R.
Partner: UNT Libraries

The Physical Basis of Subtle Bodies and Near-Death Experiences

Description: Article discussing "dark matter," the discovery of which may provide the key to an age-old mystery concerning the nature of humanity. The author suggests that "dark matter" is the matter of mysticism, which constitutes the subtle bodies and was present before (and responsible for) the Big Bang that created visible matter.
Date: Winter 1995
Creator: Kazanis, Deno
Partner: UNT Libraries

The Divine Light and Ecstasy in Religious and Near-Death Experiences: A Retrospective Glance and a View for the Future

Description: Article discussing the interpretation and religious aspects of near-death experiences (NDEs). NDEs can be viewed as the latest stage in a long history of a phenomenon that transcends cultural and temporal boundaries. The article purports that by focusing on where such profound human experience shares common ground, we will be able to see humanity itself at perhaps its most sublime level.
Date: Summer 2006
Creator: Bain, Brian A.
Partner: UNT Libraries

The Mystery of Frightening Transcendent Experiences: A Rejoinder to Nancy Evans Bush and Christopher Bache

Description: Article reviewing Christopher Bache's perinatal account of near-death experiences (NDEs) and suggesting that it does not go far enough. The author then presents a new model, bliss/abyss, derived from the study of mysticism; shows that pleasant and frightening NDEs can be accommodated within the model; and discusses the predictions that can be drawn from the new theoretical framework.
Date: Winter 1997
Creator: Jambor, Mishka
Partner: UNT Libraries

Hoein' the Short Rows

Description: Volume of Texas folklore, including folk arts and crafts, lime production, oil and petroleum, information about cockfighting, folk poetry, mysticism and other stories. The index begins on page 231.
Date: 1987
Creator: Texas Folklore Society
Partner: UNT Press

Hoein' the Short Rows

Description: Volume of Texas folklore, including folk arts and crafts, lime production, oil and petroleum, information about cockfighting, folk poetry, mysticism and other stories. The index begins on page 231.
Date: 2017
Creator: Texas Folklore Society
Partner: UNT Press