Sacred Game: The Role of the Sacred in the Genesis of Modern Literary Fiction

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Penn State Press, Nov 1, 2010 - Literary Criticism

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Divine Comedy as a Contrasting Background
11
Christian Desacralization
24
The Trajectory of This Book
37
BEYOND PLATO
43
Platos Sacred Anxiety
50
Similarities and Differences
63
The Role of Poetry in an Increasingly Desacralized Reality
72
The End of the Poem and the Cry of the Victim
153
Beyond the Howls of Acheron
166
BEYOND THE EPIC MODEL
175
The Mixture of Christian and Pagan
184
Reviewing a Critical Commentary on the Orlando Furioso
193
The Existential Problematic of Calderonian Honor
204
HISTORICAL SIGNPOSTS
233
The Increasing Centrality of the Crucifixion in the Late
245

BEYOND ARISTOTLE
89
The Old Science and the Howls of Hungry Acheron
97
The Poetics and the Sacred
105
Francis Bacon the Herald
114
A Humble Way out of the Impasse
127
Sacrificial Levels in Virgils Poem
133
Palinuruss Deliberate Contradiction of Textual Evidence
141
The Inane Fury Between People Destined to Live
147
The Emergence of the NonSystemic and the Open
252
The Parallel Between Religious and Economic Alienation
262
The Metaphysical Subtleties and Theological Niceties
264
Human Consciousness and the First Form of Ideologists
282
Comparing Marx Virgil and the Great Modern Poets
295
Index
313
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