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The sin of knowledge : ancient themes and modern variations

Author: Theodore Ziolkowski
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, cop. 2000.
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Exposes the similarities underlying the myths as well as their origins in earlier trickster legends, and considers when and why they emerged in their respective societies. This book examines the  Read more...

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Named Person: Adam, (Biblical figure); Faust; Prometheus, (Greek deity); Adam; Prometheus; Adam, (Biblical figure); Faust; Prometheus, (Greek deity)
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Theodore Ziolkowski
ISBN: 0691050651 ; 9780691050652
OCLC Number: 185428584
Description: 222 s.
Contents: List of Illustrations ix Preface xi PRELUDE: The Timeless Topicality of Myth 3 PART ONE: ANCIENT THEMES 7 CHAPTER ONE: Adam: The Genesis of Consciousness 9 The Biblical Fall 9 Near Eastern Sources 13 The Paradox of Knowledge in Solomon's Jerusalem 17 CHAPTER TWO: Prometheus: The Birth of Civilization 25 Hesiod's Trickster 25 Aeschylus's Culture-Hero 32 From Boeotia to Athens 39 CHAPTER THREE: Faust: The Ambivalence of Knowledge 43 The Historical Faust 43 The Growth of the Legend 49 The Chapbook Speculator 52 Marlowe's Power Seeker 60 INTERLUDE: From Myth to Modernity 69 PART TWO: MODERN VARIATIONS 73 CHAPTER FOUR: The Secularization of Adam Candide's Fall 75 The Typological Impulse 77 Romantic Tragicomic Falls 82 American Ambiguities 92 Modern Ironies 100 CHAPTER FIVE: The Proletarianization of Prometheus 111 From Myth to Marx 111 Modern Metaphors 115 Marxist Myths 121 GDR Ambiguities 127 Three Major Re-Visions 132 The Enemy of the People 141 CHAPTER SIX: The Americanization of Faust 149 Modernizations of the Myth 149 Faust and the Bomb 153 Playful Fausts of the Fifties 156 A Blue-Collar Faust 161 Professorial Faults 164 Faults of Politics and Poetry 174 Fausts for the Nineties 177 POSTLUDE: On the Uses and Abuses of Myth 183 Notes 193 Bibliography 205 Index 217
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