In Nestor Stephen associates darkness with mysterious metaphysical truth. His symbolism inverts a standard biblical identification of truth with divine light. The purpose seems to be something like the "transvaluation of values" envisioned by the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche: transforming a Christian trope that denies the fullness of human life into one that affirms it. Stephen's embrace of "darkness" anticipates his encounter with a freethinking Jew, his exploration of non-Christian cosmologies, and his production of creative works that affirm forces like sexual passion.

JH 2021

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