Scylla: Myth, Metaphor, Paradox Marianne Govers Hopman

ISBN: 9781107026766

Published: March 31st 2013

Hardcover

317 pages


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Scylla: Myth, Metaphor, Paradox  by  Marianne Govers Hopman

Scylla: Myth, Metaphor, Paradox by Marianne Govers Hopman
March 31st 2013 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 317 pages | ISBN: 9781107026766 | 10.31 Mb

Whats in a name? Using the example of a famous monster from Greek myth, this book challenges the dominant view that a mythical symbol denotes a single, clear-cut figure and proposes instead to conceptualize the name Scylla as a combination ofMoreWhats in a name? Using the example of a famous monster from Greek myth, this book challenges the dominant view that a mythical symbol denotes a single, clear-cut figure and proposes instead to conceptualize the name Scylla as a combination of three concepts sea, dog and woman whose articulation changes over time.

While archaic and classical Greek versions usually emphasize the metaphorical coherence of Scyllas various components, the name is increasingly treated as a well-defined but also paradoxical construct from the late fourth century BCE onward. Proceeding through detailed analyses of Greek and Roman texts and images, Professor Hopman shows how the same name can variously express anxieties about the sea, dogs, aggressive women and shy maidens, thus offering an empirical response to the semiotic puzzle raised by non-referential proper names.



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