Thinking In Circles: An Essay On Ring Composition (The Terry Lectures Series)

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Many famous antique texts are misunderstood and many others have been completely dismissed, all because the literary style in which they were written is unfamiliar today. So argues Mary Douglas in this controversial study of ring composition, a technique which places the meaning of a text in the middle, framed by a beginning and ending in parallel. To read a ring composition in the modern linear f...

Series: The Terry Lectures Series
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Yale University Press; First Edition edition (February 28, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0300117620
ISBN-13: 978-0300117622
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
Amazon Rank: 690960
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o misinterpret it, Douglas contends, and today’s scholars must reevaluate important antique texts from around the world.Found in the Bible and in writings from as far afield as Egypt, China, Indonesia, Greece, and Russia, ring composition is too widespread to have come from a single source. Does it perhaps derive from the way the brain works? What is its function in social contexts? The author examines ring composition, its principles and functions, in a cross-cultural way. She focuses on ring composition in Homer’s Iliad, the Bible’s book of Numbers, and, for a challenging modern example, Laurence Sterne’s Tristram Shandy, developing a persuasive argument for reconstruing famous books and rereading neglected ones.