Thinking in Circles: An Essay on Ring Composition / Edition 1

Thinking in Circles: An Essay on Ring Composition / Edition 1

by Mary Douglas
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300117620

ISBN-13: 9780300117622

Pub. Date: 02/28/2007

Publisher: Yale University Press

Many famous antique texts are misunderstood and many others have been completely dismissed, all because the literary style in which they were written is unfamiliar today. So argues Mary Douglas in this controversial study of ring composition, a technique which places the meaning of a text in the middle, framed by a beginning and ending in parallel. To read a ring

…  See more details below

Overview

Many famous antique texts are misunderstood and many others have been completely dismissed, all because the literary style in which they were written is unfamiliar today. So argues Mary Douglas in this controversial study of ring composition, a technique which places the meaning of a text in the middle, framed by a beginning and ending in parallel. To read a ring composition in the modern linear fashion is to misinterpret it, Douglas contends, and today’s scholars must reevaluate important antique texts from around the world.

Found in the Bible and in writings from as far afield as Egypt, China, Indonesia, Greece, and Russia, ring composition is too widespread to have come from a single source. Does it perhaps derive from the way the brain works? What is its function in social contexts? The author examines ring composition, its principles and functions, in a cross-cultural way. She focuses on ring composition in Homer’s Iliad, the Bible’s book of Numbers, and, for a challenging modern example, Laurence Sterne’s Tristram Shandy, developing a persuasive argument for reconstruing famous books and rereading neglected ones.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300117622
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2007
Series:
Terry Lectures Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.78(w) x 8.58(h) x 0.65(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Ancient Rings Worldwide     1
Modes and Genres     17
How to Construct and Recognize a Ring     31
Alternating Bands: Numbers     43
The Central Place: Numbers     58
Modern, Not-Quite Rings     72
Tristram Shandy: Testing for Ring Shape     85
Two Central Places, Two Rings: The Iliad     101
Alternating Nights and Days: The Iliad     115
The Ending: How to Complete a Ring     125
The Latch: Jakobson's Conundrum     139
Notes     149
Index     161

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >