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In and Out of the Mind Greek Images of the Tragic Self

by Ruth Padel

In and Out of the Mind Greek Images of the Tragic Self Synopsis

Ruth Padel explores Greek conceptions of human innerness and the way in which Greek tragedy shaped European notions of mind and self. Arguing that Greek poetic language connects images of consciousness, even male consciousness, with the darkness attributed to Hades and to women, Padel analyzes tragedy's biological and daemonological metaphors for what is within.

In and Out of the Mind Greek Images of the Tragic Self Press Reviews

One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 1992 A rich and brilliant study... [Padel] helps us to see not just that Greek ways of thinking are so profoundly alien, but also how they make sense and could be coherently lived. Her skill as a writer ... make[s] those foreign patterns of thought compellingly vivid. --Malcolm Heath, The Times Literary Supplement Unfamiliar connections and perspectives will make [this] book important for professionals, and the vivid portrayal of an intense and exotic mental world will appeal to the serious general reader. --Jasper Griffin, The New York Review of Books An intriguing book... Padel ranges widely over the medical writers, epic, comedy, and philosophy. She fortifies and enriches her arguments with the work of scholars in anthropology, psychology, and religion... A poet herself, she is very sensitive to the possibilities and associations of language. --Michael R. Halleran, Bryn Mawr Classical Review Ruth Padel's close reading of the language of the extant plays will be helpful to scholars and provide a window onto ancient Greek ideas of the mind for the general reader. --The Washington Times

Book Information

ISBN: 9780691037660
Publication date: 17th October 1994
Author: Ruth Padel
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 230 pages
Categories: Literary studies: classical, early & medieval,

About Ruth Padel

Ruth Padel, recently Visiting Professor in the Modern Greek Program at Princeton University, has taught classics at the University of Oxford and the University of London. She is the author of two books of poems and of Whom Gods Destroy: Elements of Greek and Tragic Madness.

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