Contents: The Speculative Tradition - The Mystical Legacy - The Twilight, or Cognition Through Creatures - The Dark Night, or the Conditioning of Cognition - The Dawn, or the Mystical Illumination - The Experience of the Mystic and the Expression of the Artist - The Search for Symbolization and the Overcoming of the Ineffable - Beauty and Truth, or the Poetry and the Prose - Metaphorical Recapitulation, or Poesia a lo humano.
The Author: Elizabeth Wilhelmsen holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Hispanic Languages and Literatures from Saint Louis University, and has pursued studies in Philosophy as well. She has held teaching positions at the University of Salamanca at the State University of New York at Geneseo and since 1988 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research interests lie in the history of Spanish mysticism, Spanish poetry of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and the thought of Miguel de Cervantes.