In Search of Dreamtime: The Quest for the Origin of Religion / Edition 1

In Search of Dreamtime: The Quest for the Origin of Religion / Edition 1

by Tomoko Masuzawa
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226509850

ISBN-13: 9780226509853

Pub. Date: 12/28/1993

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

In this pioneering work of discourse analysis, Tomoko Masuzawa observes that the modern study of religion is peculiarly ambivalent toward the question of origin. Today's historians of religion maintain that they have abandoned speculative quests for the origin of religion; at the same time, they allege that concepts of absolute beginnings are fundamental to

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In this pioneering work of discourse analysis, Tomoko Masuzawa observes that the modern study of religion is peculiarly ambivalent toward the question of origin. Today's historians of religion maintain that they have abandoned speculative quests for the origin of religion; at the same time, they allege that concepts of absolute beginnings are fundamental to religion itself. By renouncing the desire for origins that they claim religious peoples embrace, historians can vicariously participate in the forbidden quest—so it seems—without forfeiting the authority accruing from their objectivist position.

This ambivalence of contemporary scholars echoes their ambivalence toward the ancestral "giants" of the discipline: Durkheim, Müller, and Freud. Masuzawa shows that the speculations of these three men on the origins of religion render the very notion of time and history problematic and contain powerful instruments for dislodging the position of "Western man" as the keeper of knowledge. Her critical rereading of these forefathers is framed by a compelling discussion of the postmodernist subversion of absolute origins in the works of Walter Benjamin and Rosalind Krauss and a comparison of Mircea Eliade and Nancy Munn's accounts of the Australian aboriginal "dreamtime." Engaging a number of critical issues within the burgeoning field of cultural studies, Masuzawa's book will have far-reaching implications not only for religious studies but throughout the human sciences.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226509853
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
12/28/1993
Series:
Religion and Postmodernism Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
1,309,058
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Original Lost: Myth and Ritual in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction13
2Society versus Difference: Durkheim's Shadowboxing34
3Accidental Mythology: Max Muller in and out of His Workshop58
4History on a Mystic Writing Pad: Freud Refounds Time76
Freud's Beginnings76
Lessons of the Wolf-Man94
Metapsychology of Temporality137
5Dreams Adrift162
Conclusion177
Notes181
Index217

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