The Myth of the Descent to the Underworld in Postmodern Literature (Studies in Comparative Literature S. 59)

The Myth of the Descent to the Underworld in Postmodern Literature (Studies in Comparative Literature S. 59)

By: Evans Lansing Smith (author)Hardback

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This work provides a comprehensive study of the myth of the descent to the underworld in postmodern literature. It develops a theory of necrotypes - archetypal images consistently evoked by the myth of the nekyia - and applies it to close readings of selected works by major authors of the period.

Contents

A brief genealogy of the necrotypes - geometrical, birds, bees and animals, sacred vessels, forests, mountains and the night-sea journey, mirror mazes, eyes, doorways and divestiture; Alejo Carpentier's "Lost Steps"; Calvino's cartoons; Octavio Paz - "Sunstone" and "The Monkey Grammarian"; Christa Wolf's "Cassandra" and "Medea"; A.S. Byatt's "Possession"; Angela Carter's short fiction; Robert Coover's "Briar Rose" and "Pinocchio"; John Hawkes - "An Irish Eye"; Thomas Pynchon's "Mason and Dixon"; Sylvie Germain's "Book of Nights"; "Sailor Song" - Kesey's comic apocalypse; conclusion.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780773467002
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 380
  • ID: 9780773467002
  • ISBN10: 0773467009

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