Orpheus Lost


Author: Janette Turner Hospital

Publisher: W. W. Norton

ISBN: 9780393334142

Category: Fiction

Page: 358

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Leela is a mathematician who has escaped her Southern hometown to study in Boston. She meets an Australian musician, Mishka, and from the moment she first hears him play his music grips her; they quickly become lovers. Then one day Leela is picked up off the street and taken to an interrogation center somewhere outside the city. There has been an explosion in the subway; terrorism is suspected. The interrogator--an old childhood friend--now reveals to her that Mishka may not be all he seems.--From publisher's description.

Orpheus in the Middle Ages


Author: John Block Friedman

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 9780815628255

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 267

View: 9351

John B. Friedman takes the reader through the journey of a myth -- where Orpheus becomes an Orpheus-Christus, a courtly knight and the writer of love lyrics.

Loving Psychoanalysis

Looking at Culture with Freud and Lacan


Author: Ruth Golan

Publisher: Karnac Books

ISBN: 9781855753792

Category: Psychology

Page: 238

View: 6321

Psychoanalysis was neither a product of philosophy nor of academic study. Freud took his lead from hysterical women; the accounts of their pain, anxieties and physical symptoms led him to formulate his theories on the existence of the unconscious. Psychoanalysis is neither a theory nor a way of seeing life. It is a form of ethics unlike any other, it is the subjects way of relating to the world. However, there is no doubt that it owes its existence to science. It could perhaps be termed the science of the particular, because it deals with the unique truth of the subject. Lacan, in contrast to the theoreticians who aspired towards universality, similarly described psychoanalysis as the approximate science of the subject. This book is a kind of mosaic, composed of both beginning and concluding acts. It is an anthology of essays and lectures of recent years, which comprise an attempt to organize and pass on what can be learned from various psychoanalytical viewpoints from various cultural disciplines, particularly ones that reflect the discontent that is inherent within them.

Interpretations of Greek Mythology (Routledge Revivals)


Author: Jan N. Bremmer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317800230

Category: History

Page: 291

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Interpretations of Greek Mythology, first published in1987, builds on the innovative work of Walter Burkert and the ‘Paris school’ of Jean-Pierre Vernant, and represents a renewal of interpretation of Greek mythology. The contributors to this volume present a variety of approaches to the Greek myths, all of which eschew a monolithic or exclusively structuralist hermeneutic method. Specifically, the notion that mythology can simply be read as a primitive mode of narrative history is rejected, with emphasis instead being placed on the relationships between mythology and history, ritual and political genealogy. The essays concentrate on some of the best known characters and themes – Oedipus, Orpheus, Narcissus – reflecting the complexity and fascination of the Greek imagination. The volume will long remain an indispensable tool for the study of Greek mythology, and it is of great interest to anyone interested in the development of Greek culture and civilisation and the nature of myth.

Graham's Magazine


Author: George R. Graham,Edgar Allan Poe

Publisher: N.A



Page: N.A

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Graham's American Monthly Magazine of Literature, Art, and Fashion


Author: George R. Graham,Edgar Allan Poe,Charles Jacobs Peterson,Ann Sophia Stephens,Rufus Wilmot Griswold,Robert Taylor Conrad,Joseph Ripley Chandler,Bayard Taylor

Publisher: N.A



Page: N.A

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Understanding the Black Mountain Poets


Author: Edward Halsey Foster

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 9781570030147

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 206

View: 7389

An experimental school of poetry & its leading proponents.



Author: Judy Corbalis

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448190525

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

View: 8613

This is a novel of small-town life. In Castletown, New Zealand, the stifling culture of 'the correct way to behave' crushes the unorthodox like a dead hand. Needless to say, just under the surface there is a tumult of rebellion. Which of the inhabitants of Castletown will escape, find self-expression, fulfill their dreams? Who is tormented by guilty secrets beneath a blanket of respectability? Who is murdering red-haired girls? The narrative is driven by the stories of three families: the snobbish, long-established lawyers; the eccentric impoverished aristocrats; and the Maoris who live outside the town. Each family is dominated by a stern patriarch, and once a week the patriarchs meet to play three-handed chess. Their children and grandchildren, meanwhile, begin to recognize that this structured, ordered world is rotten at its core ...

The Ultimate Challenge

The 3x+1 Problem


Author: Jeffrey C. Lagarias

Publisher: American Mathematical Soc.

ISBN: 0821849409

Category: Mathematics

Page: 344

View: 4939

The $3x+1$ problem, or Collatz problem, concerns the following seemingly innocent arithmetic procedure applied to integers: If an integer $x$ is odd then ``multiply by three and add one'', while if it is even then ``divide by two''. The $3x+1$ problem asks whether, starting from any positive integer, repeating this procedure over and over will eventually reach the number 1. Despite its simple appearance, this problem is unsolved. Generalizations of the problem are known to be undecidable, and the problem itself is believed to be extraordinarily difficult. This book reports on what is known on this problem. It consists of a collection of papers, which can be read independently of each other. The book begins with two introductory papers, one giving an overview and current status, and the second giving history and basic results on the problem. These are followed by three survey papers on the problem, relating it to number theory and dynamical systems, to Markov chains and ergodic theory, and to logic and the theory of computation. The next paper presents results on probabilistic models for behavior of the iteration. This is followed by a paper giving the latest computational results on the problem, which verify its truth for $x 5.4 \cdot 10^{18}$. The book also reprints six early papers on the problem and related questions, by L. Collatz, J. H. Conway, H. S. M. Coxeter, C. J. Everett, and R. K. Guy, each with editorial commentary. The book concludes with an annotated bibliography of work on the problem up to the year 2000.