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The sin of knowledge : ancient themes and modern variations

Author: Theodore Ziolkowski
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2000.
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"Adam, Prometheus, and Faust - their stories were central to the formation of Western consciousness and continue to be timely cautionary tales in an age driven by information and technology. Here Theodore Ziolkowski explores how each myth represents a response on the part of ancient Hebrew, ancient Greek, and sixteenth-century Christian culture to the problem of knowledge, particularly humankind's powerful,
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Named Person: Adam, (Biblical figure); Prometheus, (Greek deity); Faust; Adam (Biblical figure); Adam, (Biblical figure); Faust; Prometheus, (Greek deity); Adam.; Prometheus.; Johann Wolfgang{von Goethe
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Theodore Ziolkowski
ISBN: 0691050651 9780691050652
OCLC Number: 43318500
Description: xvi, 222 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Prelude: The Timeless Topicality of Myth --
pt. 1. Ancient Themes. Ch. 1. Adam: The Genesis of Consciousness. Ch. 2. Prometheus: The Birth of Civilization. Ch. 3. Faust: The Ambivalence of Knowledge. Interlude: From Myth to Modernity --
pt. 2. Modern Variations. Ch. 4. The Secularization of Adam. Ch. 5. The Proletarianization of Prometheus --
Ch. 6. The Americanization of Faust --
Postlude: On the Uses and Abuses of Myth. The timeless topicality of myth --
Ancient themes. Adam: the genesis of consciousness. The Biblical fall --
Near Eastern sources --
The paradox of knowledge in Solomon's Jerusalem --
Prometheus: the birth of civilization. Hesiod's trickster --
Aeschylus's culture-hero --
From Boeotia to Athens --
Faust: the ambivalence of knowledge. The historical Faust --
The growth of the legend --
The chapbook speculator --
Marlowe's power seeker --
From myth to modernity --
Modern variations. The secularization of Adam. Candide's fall --
The typological impulse --
Romantic tragicomic falls --
American ambiguities --
modern ironies --
The proletarianization of Prometheus. From myth to Marx --
Modern metaphors --
Marxist myths --
GDR ambiguities --
Three major re-visions --
The enemy of the people --
The Americanization of Faust. Modernizations of the myth --
Faust and the bomb --
Playful Fausts of the fifties --
A blue-collar Faust --
Professorial Fausts --
Fausts of politics and poetry --
Fausts for the nineties --
On the uses and abuses of myth.
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