The Wreath of Wild Olive: Play, Liminality, and the Study of Literature
Mihai Spariosu's book strikingly intervenes in the debate raging among the various oppositional and hegemonic discourses by advancing a new philosophy that transcends the currently prevailing agonistic mentality. He develops a ludic-irenic view intended to exceed both a voluntaristic and rationalist mode of thought, thereby convincingly opposing the all-pervading mentality of power in a world marked by difference, scapegoating, and strife between various social, ethnic, racial, and sexual factions. The ludic-irenic stance, basically derived from the playfulness of literature, produces alternative mentalities and alternative worlds which promote a responsive understanding of what there is, thus bringing to bear a healing influence within the human community, in which power and difference will cease to be ultimates. What Spariosu puts forward and demonstrates by means of a stupendous erudition is no less than a total reorientation of cultural criticism that is bound to have its impact on the course cultural studies will take.
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LIMINALITY LITERARY DISCOURSE AND ALTERNATIVE WORLDS
DIFFERENCE IDENTITY AND OTHERNESS A LudicIrenic Perspective
LITERARY THEMATICS AND LUDICIRENIC HERMENEUTICS
HOMICIDE AS PLAY Dostoevsky Gide Aiken
RACE ETHNICITY AND IRENIC MENTALITY Rebreanu Eliade Devi
ALLEGORY POWER AND THE POSTMODERN GAME OF INTERPRETATION Nabokov Lowry Orwell
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