Inlets of the Soul: Contemporary Fiction in English and the Myth of the Fall
Rodopi, 1999 - 321 pages
The relationship of myth to literature has largely been overshadowed in contemporary theory by perspectives of a linguistic or sociological orientation and by relativist, sometimes negatory, stances on all searches for meaning. This book attempts to show that myth criticism and critical theories of more recent provenance are not irreconcilable. While taking into consideration some of the more influential tenets of structuralist, post-structuralist, Marxist and feminist theory, it applies a post-Jungian ('archetypal') approach to illustrating the perennial nature of a particular myth (the Fall of Man) in two main traditions (Mesopotamian and Christian) and in the contemporary novel in English.
The discussions of five major novels by William Golding, Patrick White, Martin Amis, Salman Rushdie, and Wilson Harris not only serve to expand the mythological insights achieved in the first part of the book; they also suggest the incommensurability of imaginal, novelistic life with mythology's age-old intuitions about the human condition.
Myth criticism emerges from this book as an irreplaceable vantage-point from which man's lapsarian predicament can be scrutinized synchronically as archaic wisdom, contemporary anxiety, and post-colonial commitment to the building of a new human city.
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Alchemy ambivalent Amis's androgynous anima animal archetypal Arthur Brown centre Chamcha chapter child Child Archetype Christ Christian chthonic Claude Lévi-Strauss Comte-Sponville consciousness cosmic cosmos counterpart critical culture dark death demonic divine dualities Dulcie Enkidu Enuma Elish essence essentialist eternal ethical evil fall Farishta father female fiction fire Fool Fool's Freud Frye geminate Gibreel Gilgamesh Golding's Gospels Harmondsworth Harris's Harrisian human hybridity incest Inheritors inner instinctual Jesus Jung Jung's Jungian lapsarian Lévi-Strauss literary Lok's man's Mary Lamb materialist metaphor Mother motherly motif myth mythology nature novel oneiric paradoxically parodic Patrick White Penguin people's post-colonial Poulter Prince psyche psychic Psychology rebirth regression religious romantic Rushdie Rushdie's Rushdiean Saladin Salman Salman Rushdie Satanic Verses seems sense sexual social Solid Mandala spiritual structure suggests symbolical Tiamat timeless Totem tree turn twin unconscious unity unus mundus vision visionary Waldo Brown William Golding Wilson Harris womb word