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Body of Prayer: Shapiro, Govrin, Derrida.

Body of Prayer: Shapiro, Govrin, Derrida.



Pap. New York, 2001

Book ID: 66595

The 'Advanced Concepts' course has been an integral part of the education of an architect within the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of the Cooper Union, researching writing, art, and sound and their relations to architecture. In 1998, the poet and professor David Shapiro invited Michal Govrin, the Israeli writer and theater director, to lecture on certain spatial concepts of the sacred. She, in turn, asked Jacques Derrida to elaborate on questions these concepts raised and their visit coincided with the English publication of GovrinÍs Name, a novel voiced as a prayer that was the starting point for the meditations contained in this volume. Body of Prayer is a record of the trialogue recorded on 14 October 1998, and the reverberations between the writings, poems, and fragments of novels written by Shapiro, Govrin and Derrida and an almost silent host, the Cooper Union School of ArchitectureÍs late dean, John Hejduk.

104 pp., color and b&w photos.