Recreating the World/Word

The Mythic Mode as Symbolic Discourse

By Lynda D. McNeil

Series: SUNY series, The Margins of Literature
Paperback : 9780791410080, 326 pages, July 1992
Hardcover : 9780791410073, 326 pages, July 1992

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Table of contents


Part I: The Mythic Mode as Symbolic Discourse


Chapter One: Myths of Creation and the Meaning-Making Mind

Chapter Two: The Mythic-Symbolic: Path to Wholeness

Chapter Three: Mythic Return, the Mind, and the Hermeneutic Circle

Part II: The Mythic Mode in Poetic Practice

Chapter Four: Arthur Rimbaud: Le Monde Recréé

Chapter Five: Georg Trakl: The Poetic Search for Psychic Unity

Chapter Six: Hart Crane: A New Consciousness of "the Whole"

Chapter Seven: Charles Olson: Mythopoesis and the Poetics of Orality

Epilogue: The Mythic Mode: The Primordial Recreative Act





This book combines interdisciplinary and comparatist approaches (anthropology, philosophy, psychology, and language) in the investigation of the mythic mode of thought and language in the post-Symbolist poets Arthur Rimbaud, Georg Trakl, Hart Crane, and Charles Olson. Part One covers the philosophical tradition from Gottfried Herder to Ernst Cassirer. Part Two includes close analytical readings of individual poems by these authors as they enact the mythic mode. The conclusion relates the mythic mode to feminist studies of thought and language.


"This is unquestionably a work written with zest, passion, and intellectual energy. I am convinced that many researchers in areas such as science and literature, or literature and religion, or in paradigm research will want to acquire and read this book. " — Virgil Nemoianu, Catholic University of America

"This work has a wide-ranging scholarship that reflects a good understanding of those writers it undertakes to elucidate. Even more, the author's general assessment of each writer is strong indeed; her arguments are convincing and interesting to read, and this is the true virtue of the work. Given the breadth of material involved, it is no mean feat to have accomplished all this. " — James S. Hans, Wake Forest University