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The sin of knowledge : ancient themes and modern variations, Theodore Ziolkowski

Label
The sin of knowledge : ancient themes and modern variations
Title
The sin of knowledge
Title remainder
ancient themes and modern variations
Statement of responsibility
Theodore Ziolkowski
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Adam, Prometheus, and Faust - their stories were central to the formation of Western consciousness and continue to be timely cautionary tales in an age driven by information and technology. Here Theodore Ziolkowski explores how each myth represents a response on the part of ancient Hebrew, ancient Greek, and sixteenth-century Christian culture to the problem of knowledge, particularly humankind's powerful, perennial, and sometimes unethical desire for it
  • This book exposes for the first time the similarities underlying these myths as well as their origins in earlier trickster legends, and considers when and why they emerged in their respective societies. It then examines the variations through which the themes have been adapted by modern writers to express their own awareness of the sin of knowledge."
  • "Each myth is shown to capture the anxiety of a society when faced with new knowledge that challenges traditional values. Ziolkowski's examples of recent appropriations of the myths are especially provocative. From Voltaire to the present, the Fall of Adam has provided an image for the emergence from childhood innocence into the consciousness of maturity
  • Prometheus, as the challenger of authority and the initiator of technological evil, yielded an ambivalent model for the socialist imagination of the German Democratic Republic. And finally, an America unsettled by its responsibility for the atomic bomb, and worrying that in its postwar prosperity it had betrayed its values, recognized in Faust the disturbing image of its soul."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ziolkowski, Theodore
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN56.M95
LC item number
Z56 2000
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Adam
  • Prometheus
  • Faust
  • Adam (Biblical figure)
  • Adam
  • Prometheus
  • Goethe, Johann Wolfgang{von
  • Adam
  • Faust
  • Prometheus
  • Mythology in literature
  • Mythologie
  • Letterkunde
  • Wissen <Motiv>
  • Faustdichtung
  • Literatur
  • Erkenntnis
  • Mythos
  • Sünde
  • Literature
  • Mythology in literature
Label
The sin of knowledge : ancient themes and modern variations, Theodore Ziolkowski
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 205-216) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Faust: The Ambivalence of Knowledge.
  • Interlude: From Myth to Modernity
  • pt. 2.
  • Modern Variations.
  • Ch. 4.
  • The Secularization of Adam.
  • Ch. 5.
  • The Proletarianization of Prometheus
  • Ch. 6.
  • The Americanization of Faust
  • Prelude: The Timeless Topicality of Myth
  • Postlude: On the Uses and Abuses of Myth
  • pt. 1.
  • Ancient Themes.
  • Ch. 1.
  • Adam: The Genesis of Consciousness.
  • Ch. 2.
  • Prometheus: The Birth of Civilization.
  • Ch. 3.
  • The timeless topicality of myth -- Ancient themes. Adam: the genesis of consciousness. The Biblical fall -- Near Eastern sources -- The paradox of knowledge in Solomon's Jerusalem -- Prometheus: the birth of civilization. Hesiod's trickster -- Aeschylus's culture-hero -- From Boeotia to Athens -- Faust: the ambivalence of knowledge. The historical Faust -- The growth of the legend -- The chapbook speculator -- Marlowe's power seeker -- From myth to modernity -- Modern variations. The secularization of Adam. Candide's fall -- The typological impulse -- Romantic tragicomic falls -- American ambiguities -- modern ironies -- The proletarianization of Prometheus. From myth to Marx -- Modern metaphors -- Marxist myths -- GDR ambiguities -- Three major re-visions -- The enemy of the people -- The Americanization of Faust. Modernizations of the myth -- Faust and the bomb -- Playful Fausts of the fifties -- A blue-collar Faust -- Professorial Fausts -- Fausts of politics and poetry -- Fausts for the nineties -- On the uses and abuses of myth
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvi, 222 pages
Isbn
9780691050652
Lccn
00021204
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)43318500
  • (OCoLC)ocm43318500
Label
The sin of knowledge : ancient themes and modern variations, Theodore Ziolkowski
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 205-216) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Faust: The Ambivalence of Knowledge.
  • Interlude: From Myth to Modernity
  • pt. 2.
  • Modern Variations.
  • Ch. 4.
  • The Secularization of Adam.
  • Ch. 5.
  • The Proletarianization of Prometheus
  • Ch. 6.
  • The Americanization of Faust
  • Prelude: The Timeless Topicality of Myth
  • Postlude: On the Uses and Abuses of Myth
  • pt. 1.
  • Ancient Themes.
  • Ch. 1.
  • Adam: The Genesis of Consciousness.
  • Ch. 2.
  • Prometheus: The Birth of Civilization.
  • Ch. 3.
  • The timeless topicality of myth -- Ancient themes. Adam: the genesis of consciousness. The Biblical fall -- Near Eastern sources -- The paradox of knowledge in Solomon's Jerusalem -- Prometheus: the birth of civilization. Hesiod's trickster -- Aeschylus's culture-hero -- From Boeotia to Athens -- Faust: the ambivalence of knowledge. The historical Faust -- The growth of the legend -- The chapbook speculator -- Marlowe's power seeker -- From myth to modernity -- Modern variations. The secularization of Adam. Candide's fall -- The typological impulse -- Romantic tragicomic falls -- American ambiguities -- modern ironies -- The proletarianization of Prometheus. From myth to Marx -- Modern metaphors -- Marxist myths -- GDR ambiguities -- Three major re-visions -- The enemy of the people -- The Americanization of Faust. Modernizations of the myth -- Faust and the bomb -- Playful Fausts of the fifties -- A blue-collar Faust -- Professorial Fausts -- Fausts of politics and poetry -- Fausts for the nineties -- On the uses and abuses of myth
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvi, 222 pages
Isbn
9780691050652
Lccn
00021204
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)43318500
  • (OCoLC)ocm43318500

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