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Meaning and Being in Myth (Paperback)

Author: Austin, Norman

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Norman Austin has organized his analysis of classical Greek myths around Lacans dichotomy between (ineffable) Being and the meanings imposed upon Being by culturally determined signifiers. The primary signifiers in myth (the gods), as projections of contradictory meanings, impel human consciousness in contradictory directions: toward herioc self-realization, on the one hand, and into the fear, guilt, and despair resulting from failure, on the other. The gods both reveal and occlude that which they signify--the signified; ultimately, Being itself.Austin includes one chapter on the fathers ghost in Shakespeares Hamlet, and another on Albert Camuss The Stranger, as examples of the power of mythical archetypes to reveal and occlude Being, even when the apparatus of gods has been excluded. Despite their pessimism, ancient myths also affirm that the paradoxes are not insoluble. Austin concludes by outlining the profile of the Universal Self intimated in myth, religion, and philosophy as the joint venture of the world realized in conciousness, conciousness realized in consciousness, and consciousness realized in the world. Austins prose is as lively and engaging as it is accurate and rigorous, a combination that is rare in scholarly writing. --- John Peradotto, SUNY, Buffalo *Author: Austin, Norman *Binding Type: Paperback *Number of Pages: 256 *Publication Date: 2008/01/28 *Language: English *Dimensions: 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.58 inches

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Publisher Penn State University Press
Mfg Part# 9780271028231
SKU 207647139
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0271028238
Release Date 3/17/2008
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0256
Publisher Penn State University Press

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