Untying the Knot: On Riddles and Other Enigmatic Modes

Untying the Knot: On Riddles and Other Enigmatic Modes


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Untying the Knot: On Riddles and Other Enigmatic Modes by Galit Hasan-Rokem

Title Untying the Knot collects eighteen previously unpublished essays on the riddle -- a genre of discourse found in virtually every human culture.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 scholars of religion and literature consider riddling 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 seek to show how riddles relate to the conceptual structures of particular cultures, and how they come to represent a culture's cosmology or cognitive map of the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195108569
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 10/28/1996
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 6.06(w) x 9.19(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

Poet and Essayist, Galit Hasan-Rokem is Professor of Folklore at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. David Shulman is Professor of Indian Studies and Comparative Religion at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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