Figuring Poesis: A Mythical Geometry of Postmodernism

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Figuring Poesis focuses on the interrelations between myth and geometrical symbolism in literature since the end of the Second World War. Detailed readings of a wide range of works contextualize allusions to the myths of the apocalypse, the great goddess, alchemy, the labyrinth, and the descent to the underworld. The geometrical symbols that occur in conjunction with these myths serve as images of poesis and hermeneusis. The conclusion brings postmodernist paintings and architecture into the discussion, and ...
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Overview

Figuring Poesis focuses on the interrelations between myth and geometrical symbolism in literature since the end of the Second World War. Detailed readings of a wide range of works contextualize allusions to the myths of the apocalypse, the great goddess, alchemy, the labyrinth, and the descent to the underworld. The geometrical symbols that occur in conjunction with these myths serve as images of poesis and hermeneusis. The conclusion brings postmodernist paintings and architecture into the discussion, and develops an iconography of form.
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Explores the interrelations between myth and geometrical symbolism in literature since the end of World War II. In detailed readings of a wide range of works in several languages, contextualizes allusions to myths of the apocalypse, the great goddess, alchemy, the labyrinth, and the descent to the underworld. The geometrical shapes associated with the myths are elucidated and related to postmodern paintings and architecture. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780820434971
  • Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/1997
  • Series: Studies on Themes and Motifs in Literatu
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Forthrights and Meanders 11
Jorge Luis Borges 12
Alain Robbe-Grillet 14
Vladimir Nabokov 15
Gunter Grass 20
Gabriel Garcia Marquez 23
Umberto Eco 27
James Merrill 32
Ch. 2 Our Lady of the Honeycomb 39
Gunter Grass 40
Thomas Pynchon 46
Doris Lessing 47
Leonora Carrington 48
Hilda Doolittle 53
Ch. 3 Squaring the Circle 61
Jorge Luis Borges 62
Leonora Carrington 67
Hilda Doolittle 73
Gabriel Garcia Marquez 76
James Merrill 79
Ch. 4 Voices From the Well 87
Jorge Luis Borges 89
Leonora Carrington 94
Julio Cortazar 100
Thomas Pynchon 110
Doris Lessing 113
Umberto Eco 114
Derek Walcott 117
James Merrill 130
Ch. 5 Re-Figuring Revelation 135
David Jones 136
Gabriel Garcia Marquez 139
Julio Cortazar 145
Umberto Eco 153
James Merrill 155
Peter Weir 159
Conclusion 163
A Mythical Geometry of Postmodernism 163
Postmodernist Painting and Architecture 167
Hieroglyphs and Holographs 174
Notes 179
Works Cited 187
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