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In and Out of the Mind : Greek Images of the Tragic Self - Ruth Padel

In and Out of the Mind

Greek Images of the Tragic Self

Paperback Published: 6th November 1994
ISBN: 9780691037660
Number Of Pages: 230

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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.

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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

Introduction: The Divinity of Inside and Outsidep. 3
Innardsp. 12
Entrails: Learning, Feeling, Dividingp. 12
Heart, Liver, Phrenes, Inner Liquidsp. 18
"Spirit," "Soul," "Mind"p. 27
Metaphor and "Anatomical Details"p. 33
Concreteness of the Innards: Poroi and Pre-Socraticsp. 40
Insight into Disunityp. 44
Disease and Divination: Knowing the Causes of Painp. 49
External and Internal Forces of Diseasep. 49
Channels to the Soul: The Vulnerability of Sight and Hearingp. 59
Inner Movement: Source of Knowledge, Sign of Painp. 65
Black Prophetic Innardsp. 68
Discourse of Darknessp. 75
The Flux of Feelingp. 78
Death, Sleep, Dream, and Underground Riversp. 78
Flow and Stormp. 81
Breaths of Passionp. 88
Inner World, Underworld, and Gendered Images of "Mind"p. 99
"Mind," Earth, Womb, Hadesp. 99
Inner Impurities and Emissions: "Good" Turned "Bad"p. 102
The Mainly Female "Mind"p. 106
The Zoology and Daemonology of Emotionp. 114
Daemonic Weather, Wind, Firep. 114
Goads, Whips, Pursuitp. 117
Biting, Eatingp. 119
Oistros, Poison, Snakes, Dogsp. 120
The Mobile Adversary One Cannot Fightp. 125
The Aerial Terroristp. 129
These Inner Wounds Are Realp. 132
The Alternative: Growth Withinp. 134
Animal, Daimon: Bringers of Death and Definitionp. 138
Nonhuman: What We Defend Ourselves Againstp. 138
Animal Weaponryp. 141
Using Animal Is Using Daimonp. 144
Nonhuman Definition of the Humanp. 147
Gods' Weaponsp. 152
Personificationsp. 157
States of Mind: Multiple, Daemonic, Femalep. 159
Blood in the Mindp. 162
Ate, Lyssa: Madness Personifiedp. 162
Epic Erinyesp. 164
Tragic Erinyes: Damage "from the Ground"p. 168
Blood, Murder, Madnessp. 172
Erinyes Seenp. 179
The Most Polluted Dayp. 182
Erinyes Unseenp. 185
Where the Terrible Is Goodp. 189
Works Citedp. 193
Indexp. 205
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ISBN: 9780691037660
ISBN-10: 0691037663
Series: Princeton Paperback
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 230
Published: 6th November 1994
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.36