Untying the Knot: On Riddles and Other Enigmatic Modes

Untying the Knot: On Riddles and Other Enigmatic Modes

by Galit Hasan-Rokem
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195101863

ISBN-13: 9780195101867

Pub. Date: 11/28/1996

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This book collects eighteen previously unpublished essays on the riddle—a genre of discourse found in virtually every human culture. Hasan-Rokem and Shulman have drawn these essays from a variety of cultural perspectives and disciplines; linguists, anthropologists, folklorists, and religion and literature scholars consider riddling practices in Hebrew, Finnish

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This book collects eighteen previously unpublished essays on the riddle—a genre of discourse found in virtually every human culture. Hasan-Rokem and Shulman have drawn these essays from a variety of cultural perspectives and disciplines; linguists, anthropologists, folklorists, and religion and literature scholars consider riddling practices in Hebrew, Finnish, Indian languages, Chinese, and classical Greek. The authors seek to understand the peculiar expressive power of the riddle, and the cultural logic of its particular uses; they scrutinize the riddle's logical structure and linguistic strategies, as well as its affinity to neighboring genres such as enigmas, puzzles, oracular prophecy, proverbs, and dreams. In this way, they begin to answer how riddles relate to the conceptual structures of a particular culture, and how they come to represent a culture's cosmology or cognitive map of the world. More importantly, these essays reveal the human need for symbolic ordering—riddles being one such form of cultural ritual.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195101867
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/28/1996
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.08(d)
Lexile:
1350L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Contributors
1Introduction3
2Riddles and Their Use10
3Traps of Trans-formation: Theoretical Covergences between Riddle and Ritual37
4"I'll Give You Three Guesses": The Dynamics of Genre in the Riddle Tale62
5Toward a Theory of the Literary Riddle81
6"Spinning Threads of Sand": Riddles as Images of Loss in the Midrash on Lamentations109
7A King, a Queen, and the Riddle Between: Riddles and Interpretation in a Late Midrashic Text125
8The Yaksa's Questions151
9When Is a Riddle Not a Riddle? Some Comments on Riddling and Related Poetic Devices in Classical Sanskrit168
10Why an Allama Poem Is Not a Riddle: An Anthological Essay179
11Texture and Authority: Telugu Riddles and Enigmas191
12Enigmas of Sexual Masquerade in Hindu Myths and Tales208
13Riddle and Enigma in Chinese Civilization227
14Riddles in The Dream of the Red Chamber237
15One Voice and Many Legs: Oedipus and the Riddle of the Sphinx255
16Myth as Enigma: Cultural Hermeneutics in Late Antiquity271
17Squaring the Circle284
18Connecting through Riddles, or The Riddle of Connecting294
Afterword316
Author Index321
Subject Index325

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