Scylla Marianne Govers Hopman

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Published: November 30th 2012

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317 pages


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Scylla  by  Marianne Govers Hopman

Scylla by Marianne Govers Hopman
November 30th 2012 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 317 pages | ISBN: | 8.79 Mb

Whats in a name? Using the example of a famous monster from Greek myth, this book challenges the dominant view that a mythical symbol denotes a single, clear-cut figure and proposes instead to define the name Scylla as a combination of threeMoreWhats in a name? Using the example of a famous monster from Greek myth, this book challenges the dominant view that a mythical symbol denotes a single, clear-cut figure and proposes instead to define the name Scylla as a combination of three concepts - sea, dog and woman - whose articulation changes over time.

While archaic and classical Greek versions usually emphasize the metaphorical coherence of Scyllas components, the name is increasingly treated as a well-defined but also paradoxical construct from the late fourth century BCE onward. Proceeding through detailed analyses of Greek and Roman texts and images, Professor Hopman shows how the same name can variously express anxieties about the sea, dogs, aggressive women and shy maidens, thus offering an empirical response to the semiotic puzzle raised by non-referential proper names.



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