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The other within : the genius of deformity in myth, culture & psyche

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Auteurs : Deardorff, Daniel (Auteur)

Lieu de publication : Berkeley, CA

Éditeur : North Atlantic Books

Date de publication : 2008

ISBN : 9781556437601

Langue : Anglais

Description : 264 p. ; 23 cm

Notes : Bibliogr. : p. 219-222. Index.

Sujets :
Corps humain - Aspect symbolique
Marginalité
Trickster
Archétype (Psychologie)
Mythologie

Résumé :
Daniel Deardorff knows otherness firsthand. This highly regarded “singer” in the old sense of that word—musician, storyteller, maker of ritual—had polio as an infant and has used a wheelchair most of his life, giving him a lived perspective that deeply informs his views on this subject. In The Other Within, Deardorff starts with a radical notion: to disclose the blessings of outsiderhood, the many gifts and insights contributed to culture by the marginalized and outcast. Unlike studies that stress the plight of the outsider, this one asserts that to be cast down and out of the consensus-worldview affords a difficult yet significant opportunity: to encounter oneself, not as defined by society but as one actually is. An eloquent spokesman for “the man or woman on the weird road,” Deardorff presents dozens of powerful examples from myth and literature to illustrate his message in a richly allusive, complex series of essays. Drawing on the work of mythologians, poets, psychologists, and scholars, The Other Within takes readers on an initiatory journey, uncovering the roots of human identity and imagination and offering insights–including “trickster wisdom”—revealing the mythic underpinnings of everyday life. [editor summary]

Collection : Bibliothèque de l'École nationale de cirque

Localisation : Bibliothèque

Cote : 398.27 D2853o 2008

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