Myth and the Making of Modernity: The Problem of Grounding in Early Twentieth-century Literature

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Michael Bell, Peter Poellner
Rodopi, 1998 - 260 pàgines
The contributors to this collection of essays on the literary use of myth in the early twentieth century and its literary and philosophical precedents from romanticism onwards draw on a range of disciplines, from anthropology, comparative literature, and literary criticism, to philosophy and religious studies. The underlying assumption is that modernist myth-making does not retreat from modernity, but projects a mode of being for the future which the past could serve to define. Modernist myth is not an attempted recovery of an archaic form of life so much as a sophisticated self-conscious equivalent. Far from seeking a return to an earlier romantic valorizing of myth, these essays show how the true interest of early twentieth-century myth-making lies in the consciousness, affirmative as well as tragic, of living in a human world which, in so far as it must embody value, can have no ultimate grounding. Although myth may initially appear to be the archaic counterterm to modernity, it is thus also the paradigm on which modernity has repeatedly reconstructed, or come to understand, its own life forms. The very term myth, by combining, in its modern usage, the rival meanings of a grounding narrative and a falsehood, encapsulates a central problem of modernity: how to live, given what we know.
 

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Continguts

Myth and Aspects of the Mind
25
Myth Art and Illusion in Nietzsche
61
Myth Science Technology
81
Reactionary Modernism and SelfConscious Myth
99
Rudolf
115
Myth as a Form of Life
125
Myth as Fiction
139
The Lesson of Anthropology in T S Eliot
153
Grounding or Overcoming the Subject?
167
Modernist Poetry and
181
Memory Culture and the Subject
197
Myth Modernity and the Vocalic Uncanny
213
Notes on Contributors
237
Index
257
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