Scylla

Myth, Metaphor, Paradox

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  • 1139848305
  • 9781107026766
  • 9781139848305
  • 9781139854214
What's in a name? Using the example of a famous monster from Greek myth, this book challenges the dominant view that a mythical symbol denotes a single, clear-cut 'figure' and proposes instead to define the name 'Scylla' as a combination of three concepts - sea, dog and woman - whose articulation changes over time. While archaic and classical Greek versions usually emphasize the metaphorical coherence of Scylla's components, the name is increasingly treated as a well-defined but also paradoxical construct from the late fourth century BCE onward. Proceeding through detailed analyses of Greek and Roman texts and images, Professor Hopman shows how the same name can variously express anxieties about the sea, dogs, aggressive women and shy maidens, thus offering an empirical response to the semiotic puzzle raised by non-referential proper names.
  • Cambridge University Press; January 2013
  • ISBN 9781139848305
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  • Title: Scylla
  • Author: Marianne Govers Hopman
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 1139848305
  • 9781107026766
  • 9781139848305
  • 9781139854214

In The Press

'The first book length study of Scylla and Hopman does a real service through her meticulous collation of material.' The Times Literary Supplement

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 1139848305
  • 9781107026766
  • 9781139848305
  • 9781139854214