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Thinking in Circles: An Essay on Ring Composition (Terry Lectures)by Mary Douglas
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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 fashion is to misinterpret it, Douglas contends, and todayand#8217;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 Homerand#8217;s Iliad, the Bibleand#8217;s book of Numbers, and, for a challenging modern example, Laurence Sterneand#8217;s Tristram Shandy, developing a persuasive argument for reconstruing famous books and rereading neglected ones.
About the Author
The late Mary Douglas was professor of social anthropology at University College London. After her retirement she was an honorary research fellow there.
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