A list of sources on rhythm in theology, the arts, sociology and language, and continental philosophy.

Rhythm in Theology and Religion

Augustine of Hippo. De Musica.

Begbie, Jeremy. Theology, Music and Time. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000.

Betz, John R. “Beyond the Sublime: The Asethetics of the Analogy of Being (Part One).” Modern Theology 21, no. 3 (2005): 367-411.

Betz, John R. “Beyond the Sublime: The Aesthetics of the Analogy of Being (Part Two).” Modern Theology 22, no. 1 (2006): 2-50.

Brown, David and Ann Loades. The Sense of the Sacramental: Movement and Measure in Art and Music, Place and Time. London: SPCK, 1995.

Eikelboom, Lexi. “Erich Przywara and Giorgio Agamben: Rhythm as a Space for Dialogue between Catholic Metaphysics and Postmodernism.” The Heythrop Journal 56, no. 3 (2014). DOI: 10.1111/heyj.12149.

Fiddes, Paul S. The Promised End: Eschatology in Theology and Literature.  Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2000.

Fiddes, Paul S. Seeing the World and Knowing God: Hebrew Wisdom and Christian Doctrine in a Late-Modern Context. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Jenson, Robert W. Systematic Theology. Vol. 1 the Triune God. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.

Jenson, Robert W. “Worship as Word and Tone.” The Futurist Option. Edited by Carl E. Braaten and Robert W. Jenson. New York: Newman Press, 1970.

Keller, Catherine. The Face of the Deep: A Theology of Becoming. London: Routledge, 2003.

La Croix, Richard R. Augustine on Music: An Interdisciplinary Collection of Essays. Lewiston, ME: Edwin Mellen Press, 1988.

LaMothe, Kimerer L. Between Dancing and Writing: The Practice of Religious Studies.  New York, NY: Fordham University Press, 2004.

Leeuw, G. van der. Sacred and Profane Beauty: The Holy in Art. Translated by David Green.  London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1963.

L’Engle, Madeleine. A Wrinkle in Time. 1962. London: Puffin, 1995.

Lewis, Alan E. Between Cross and Resurrection: A Theology of Holy Saturday. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm B. Eerdmans, 2001.

Oliver, Simon. Philosophy, God and Motion. London: Routledge, 2005.

Panikkar, Raimon. The Rhythm of Being: The Unbroken Trinity.  Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2010.

Pickstock, Catherine. Repetition and Identity. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Przywara, Erich. Analogia Entis: Metaphysics: Original Structure and Universal Rhythm. Translated by John Betz and David Bentley Hart. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm B. Eerdmans, 2014.

Przywara, Erich. Polarity: A German Catholic’s Interpretation of Religion. Translated by A. C. Bouquet. London: Oxford University Press : H. Milford, 1935.

Williams, Rowan. The Edge of Words: God and the Habits of Language. London: Bloomsbury, 2014.

Williams, Rowan. “Saving Time: Thoughts on Practice, Patience and Vision.” New Blackfriars 73, no. 861 (2007): 319-26.


Rhythm in the Arts

Attridge, Derek. Moving Words: Forms of English Poetry. Oxford: Oxford University Press,2013.

Attridge, Derek The Rhythms of English Poetry. London: Longman, 1982.

Bloch, Ernst. Essays on the Philosophy of Music. Translated by Peter Palmer. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985.

Carper, Thomas, and Derek Attridge. Meter and Meaning: An Introduction to Rhythm in Poetry. London: Routledge, 2003.

Corn, Alfred. The Poem’s Heartbeat: A Manual of Prosody. Brownsville, OR: Story Line Press, 1998.

Cureton, Richard D. Rhythmic Phrasing in English Verse. London: Longman, 1992.

Gräbner, Cornelia, and Arturo Casas. Performing Poetry: Body, Place and Rhythm in the Poetry Performance. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2011.

Harding, Denys Clement Wyatt. Words into Rhythm: English Speech Rhythm in Verse and Prose. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976.

Hasty, Christopher Francis. Meter as Rhythm. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997.

Hirshfield, Jane. Hiddenness, Surprise, Uncertainty : Three Generative Energies of Poetry. Tarset: Bloodaxe, 2008.

Hobsbaum, Philip. Metre, Rhythm, and Verse Form. London: Routledge, 1996.

Nanian, Richard A. Plerosis/Kenosis: Poetic Language and Its Energies. New York: Peter Lang, 2012.

Hoogstad, Jan Hein and Birgitte Stougaard Pederson, ed. Off Beat: Pluralizing Rhythm. Amsterdam: Rodopoi, 2013.

Swain, Joseph Peter. Harmonic Rhythm: Analysis and Interpretation. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Tsur, Reuven. Poetic Rhythm: Structure and Performance: An Empirical Study in Cognitive Poetics. Brighton: Sussex Academic, 2012.

Tsur, Reuven and Motti Benari. On the Shore of Nothingness: Space, Rhythm, and Semantic Structure in Religious Poetry and Its Mystic-Secular Counterpart: A Study in Cognitive Poetics. Thorverton: Imprint Academic, 2003.

Woolf, Virginia. The Waves. 2000. London: Vintage, 2004.

Zuckerkandl, Victor. The Sense of Music. 2nd ed. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1971.


Rhythm in Continental Philosophy

Agamben, Giorgio. The End of the Poem : Studies in Poetics. Translated by Daniel Heller-Roazen. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1999.

Agamben, Giorgio. The Man without Content. Translated by Georgia Albert. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1999.

Agamben, Giorgio. The Time That Remains: A Commentary on the Letter to the Romans. Translated by and Patricia Dailey. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2005.

Aviram, Amittai F. Telling Rhythm: Body and Meaning in Poetry. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1994.

Benveniste, Émile. Problèmes De Linguistique Générale. Vol 1. Paris: Gallimard, 1966.

Bergson, Henri. Creative Evolution. Translated by Arthur Mitchell. London: Macmillan, 1911.

Bergson, Henri. Time and Free Will: An Essay on the Immediate Data of Consciousness. Translated by Frank Lubecki Pogson. 1910. London: Allen & Unwin, 1950.

Blanchot, Maurice. The Writing of the Disaster. Translated by Ann Smock. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1986.

Carlisle, Clare. Kierkegaard’s Philosophy of Becoming: Movements and Positions. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2005.

Deleuze, Gilles and Félix Guattari. “1837: Of the Refrain” in A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia. Translated by Brian Massumi. London: Athlone Press, 1988.

Deleuze, Gilles. Cinema 1: The Movement-Image. Translated by Hugh Tomlinson, and Barbara Habberjam. London: Continuum, 2005.

Deleuze, Gilles. Cinema 2: The Time-Image. Translated by Hugh Tomlinson, and Robert Galeta. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, 1989.

Deleuze, Gilles. Difference and Repetition. Translated by Paul Patton London: Athlone, 1994.

Friese, Heidrun. The Moment: Time and Rupture in Modern Thought. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2001.

Hölderlin, Friedrich. Friedrich Hölderlin: Essays and Letters on Theory. Translated by and Thomas Pfau. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1988.

Halporn, James W. “Nietzsche: On the Theory of Quantitative Rhythm.” Arion 6, no. 2 (1967): 233-43.

Heidegger, Martin, and Eugen Fink. Heraclitus Seminar. Translated by Charles H. Seibert. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1993.

Heidegger, Martin. Poetry, Language, Thought. Translated by Albert Hofstadter. 1971. New York: Harper & Row, 2001.

Kierkegaard, Søren. Repetition: An Essay in Experimental Psychology. Oxford: Oxford University Press: London, 1942.

Kristeva, Julia. Black Sun: Depression and Melancholia. Translated by Leon S. Roudiez. New York: Columbia University Press, 1989.

Kristeva, Julia. Revolution in Poetic Language. Translated by Margaret Waller. New York: Columbia University Press, 1984.

Lacoue-Labarthe, Philippe. Typography: Mimesis, Philosophy, Politics. Translated by Christopher Fynsk. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1989.

Meschonnic, Henri. Critique Du Rythme: Anthropologie Historique Du Langage. Lagrasse: Verdier, 1982.

Miller, Elaine P. “Harnessing Dionysos: Nietzsche on Rhythm, Time, and Restraint.” Journal of Nietzsche Studies 17 (1999): 1-32.

Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm. The Birth of Tragedy. Translated by Douglas Smith. 2000. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm. Friedrich Nietzsche : Writings from the Early Notebooks. Translated by Raymond Geuss, Alexander Nehamas, and Ladislaus Löb. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Verdicchio, Massimo and Robert W. Burch. Between Philosophy and Poetry: Writing, Rhythm, History. London: Continuum, 2002.

Watkin, William. The Literary Agamben: Adventures in Logopoiesis. London: Continuum, 2010.


Rhythm in the Mind, Language, Political Theory and Everyday Life

Auer, J. C. P., Frank Müller, and Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen. Language in Time: The Rhythm and Tempo of Spoken Interaction.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Baraka, Amiri. Digging: The Afro-American Soul of American Classical Music. Berkeley,CA: University of California Press, 2010.

Bunn, James H. Wave Forms: A Natural Syntax for Rhythmic Language. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2002.

Caldwell, Phoebe. Finding You, Finding Me : Using Intensive Interaction to Get in Touch with People with Severe Learning Disabilities Combined with Autistic Spectrum Disorder.  London: Jessica Kingsley, 2005.

Caldwell, Phoebe, and Jane Horwood. From Isolation to Intimacy: Making Friends without Words. London: Jessica Kingsley, 2007.

Couper-Kuhlen, Elizabeth. English Speech Rhythm: Form and Function in Everyday Verbal Interaction.  Amsterdam: Benjamins, 1993.

Edensor, Tim. “Rhythm and Arrhythmia.” In The Routledge Handbook of Mobilities, edited by Peter Adey, Peter, David Bissell, Kevin Hannam, Peter Merriman, and Mimi Sheller, 163-171. London: Taylor and Francis, 2014.

Knowles, Gerry. “Prosodic Labelling: The Problem of Tone Group Boundaries.” In English Computer Corpora: Selected Papers and Research Guide, edited by Bern Kortmann, 149-63. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 1991.

Lefebvre, Henri. Rhythmanalysis: Space, Time and Everyday Life. Translated by Stuart Elden, and Gerald Moore. London: Bloomsbury, 2013.

McGilchrist, Iain. The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World.  New Haven, CN: Yale University Press, 2009.

McNeill, William Hardy. Keeping Together in Time Dance and Drill in Human History.  Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1995.

Mehler, Jacques, Peter Jusczyk, and Ghislaine Lambertz. “A Precursor of Language Acquisition in Young Infants.” Cognition 29 (1988): 143-78.

Moten, Fred. In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2003.

Munro, Martin. Different Drummers: Rhythm and Race in the Americas. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2010.

Nazzi, Thierry, Josiane Bertoncini, and Jacques Mehler. “Language Discrimnation by Newborns: Toward an Understanding of the Role of Rhythm.” Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance 24, no. 3 (1998): 756-66.

Nazzi, Thierry, Peter W. Jusczyk, and Elizabeth K. Johnson. “Language Discrimation by English-Learning 5-Month-Olds: Effects of Rhythm and Familiarity.” Journal of Memory and Language 43, no. 1 (2000): 1-19.

Small, Christopher. Music of the Common Tongue: Survival and Celebration in Afro-American Music. 1987. London: Calder, 1994.

You, Haili. “Defining Rhythm: Aspects of an Anthropology of Rhythm.” Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry 18 (1994): 361-84.