The Wreath of Wild Olive

The Wreath of Wild Olive

Play, Liminality, and the Study of Literature

eBook - 1997
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Univ of New York Press
Examines the concept of play in Western thought, with special emphasis on the relationship between aesthetics and ethics, and envisions literary discourse as contributing to an alternative mentality based on peace rather than power.

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Sketching a broad outline of the concept of play in Western thought, the author provides answers to questions such as: What is the essential relation between art, ethics, and politics in ancient and modern Western communities? What is the role of literature within a mentality of power? He employs both a genealogical and a speculative approach, envisioning the possibility of an alternative human mentality that is not based on power, but instead on another formative principle, such as primordial peace. He further examines how literary discourse could contribute to the creation of such a world, or mentality. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Publisher: Albany, NY : State University of New York Press, ©1997
ISBN: 9780585076782
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xvi, 350 pages) : illustrations


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