Download PDF by Scott Freer: Modernist Mythopoeia: The Twilight of the Gods

By Scott Freer

ISBN-10: 1137035501

ISBN-13: 9781137035509

Modernist Mythopoeia argues that the experimental modernist kind of mythopoeia was once directed in the direction of expressing more than a few metaphysical views that fall among fabric secularism and dogmatic faith. The ebook is a well timed addition to the 'post-secular' debate in addition to to the 'return of religion' in modernist reports.

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This AntiChrist and anti-nihilist, this conqueror of God and of nothingness – he must come one day . 76 Nietzsche is not offering a new dawn of gods but the humanist means to overcome the existentialist crisis that accompanies the death of god. ‘Zarathustra the godless’ is an outsider embodying, in his ‘solitude’, the physical language of ascendancy, who will redeem humanity by ‘redescribing reality’ in terms of what is foreign and yet is also rooted in earthy desires. 80 Nietzsche’s poet-prophet appropriates from the poetic spirit of Jesus’ gospels a modernist aesthetic to resist closed metaphors of spiritual development.

Tragedy and myth Whereas archetypal myth reading emphasizes the cycle of birth, Eliot associates myth with the telling of humanity’s fallen condition and not with the promise of redemptive rebirth. Around the time of The Waste Land’s publication, Eliot wrote several essays on tragedians, revealing an understanding of the connection between myth and revenge tragedy – both viewing humanity entrapped in punitive and imitative action. Eliot gives particular critical praise to the legacy of Thomas Kyd.

Eliot uses Christian doctrine as existentialist expressions of a human state, and Christian sin is not a moral failing but signals the ontological condition of a collective fallen-ness. Original sin conditions our alienation in the visible, material world. By aligning Ovid’s most violent myth with man’s neglect or betrayal of God, Eliot dramatizes myth as the site of the primal deed. 17 Eliot is suggesting that Freud, whilst a rationalist debunker of myth, interprets tragedy as evidence of social ritualism.

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