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Psychoanalytic scholia on the Homeric epics / Konstantinos I. Arvanitakis.

Author/Creator:
Arvanitakis, Konstantinos I., author.
Publication:
Leiden, Netherlands ; Boston, [Massachusetts] : Brill Rodopi, 2015.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (122 p.)
Series:
Contemporary psychoanalytic studies ; Volume 20.
Contemporary Psychoanalytic Studies, 1571-4977 ; Volume 20
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Subjects:
Homer -- Criticism and interpretation.
Homer -- Knowledge -- Psychology.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
This work attempts a psychoanalytic listening to the ‘oral’ Homeric epics in an effort to extract, as it were, from the ancient text certain elements of psychoanalytic understanding that are of relevance to contemporary psychoanalysis. There is, in addition, a consideration of related philosophical and linguistic issues that are linked to the basic psychoanalytic concepts that emerge from such a listening. The main themes treated rotate around the central axis of time as it is expressed in the Homeric epics. Thus, questions of transition, loss, mourning, tolerance, identity, metaphor and tragic fragmentation are addressed as they relate to the ancient text. The process of metabasis along contrasting psychic states of being is discussed as it provides the frame for the construction of the basic interval of time and of the flux of human identity. Although psychoanalysis from its early beginnings has shown – largely owing to Freud’s positing the Oedipus complex as the nuclear conflict – a distinct interest in classical Antiquity, the area of the great Homeric Epics has been singularly neglected as a chosen focus of psychoanalytic attention. It is as if the Homeric Epics belonged to a prehistoric pre-oedipal world which, for a long time, was not the dominant concern of psychoanalysis. The merit of this book lies in the fact that it fills part of this lacuna in psychoanalytic studies.
Contents:
Preliminary material / Editors Psychoanalytic Scholia on the Homeric Epics
Prologue / Editors Psychoanalytic Scholia on the Homeric Epics
From wrath to ruth / Editors Psychoanalytic Scholia on the Homeric Epics
Homer’s theory of poetry / Editors Psychoanalytic Scholia on the Homeric Epics
The return of Odysseus / Editors Psychoanalytic Scholia on the Homeric Epics
The other journey: Nekyia / Editors Psychoanalytic Scholia on the Homeric Epics
The tragic in the Iliad / Editors Psychoanalytic Scholia on the Homeric Epics
Epilogue / Editors Psychoanalytic Scholia on the Homeric Epics
Bibliography / Editors Psychoanalytic Scholia on the Homeric Epics.
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Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references.
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ISBN:
94-012-1208-2
OCLC:
904036950
Publisher Number:
10.1163/9789401212083 DOI