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Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
Here is the context statement from the Luvah site for the derivation of the journal’s name: "Luvah is one of the four principles or Zoas that William Blake presented in his visionary works, in particular his 'Prophetic Books.' Luvah is the symbol of Intuition and Love: 'his place in man is the Heart, or the Center, unapproachable for ever.' Refusing to stoop to the demands of Evil and Power, Luvah is the principle that celebrates the freedom of imagination in the face of reductive reason, blind empiricism, crude materialism, and oppression, no matter what form it may take."
Begun in 2011, this interdisciplinary journal is “interested in the reclamation of traditional means of knowing through literature, art, philosophy, and spiritual practice … [and] a radical re-thinking of what it means to be human in the age of machines and virtual realities …, [and they] publish pieces that actively engage with both classic texts and the lived reality of post-modernity.”
Content in Luvah includes essays, articles, reviews, interviews, poems, songs, and translations, with subject matter ranging over widely-diverse areas, including such titles as, “Hysterical Love and Desire in the Work of Marina Tsvetaeva,” “Towards a Critique of the Pseudo-Reality of the Postmodern Era,” “Queer Mourning and Melancholia in the Book of Ruth,” “Friendship in Plato’s Lysis,” “Thornton Wilder and Spiritual Mysticism,” “Lovers of Sophia: Sri Ramakrishna and Muhyi al-Din ibn ‘Arabi,” “Doris Lessing: The Right Way,” and “Ebooks, Deep Reading, and Cultural Lag.”
In addition to its global subject matter, Luvah’s contributors come from such widely scattered parts of the world as Wittenberg University, Concord Editorial, the University of Waterloo, the University of Kent, City University of New York, Germany, the Ukraine, Australia, Singapore, Tunisia, and South Dakota State University. Articles are of varying length and character; some are copiously footnoted, others are brief creative expressions.
This title may be of interest to students of art, literature, philosophy, or religion, and libraries may want to consider linking to it from their sites.