A Quest for Remembrance

The Underworld in Classical and Modern Literature
Routledge (Verlag)
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  • erschienen am 20. November 2019
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  • 278 Seiten
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A Quest for Remembrance: The Underworld in Classical and Modern literature brings together a range of arguments exploring connections between the descent into the underworld, also known as katabasis, and various forms of memory. Its chapters investigate the uses of the descent topos both in antiquity and in the reception of classical literature in the nineteenth to twenty-first centuries. In the process, the volume explores how the hero's quest into the underworld engages with the theme of recovering memories from the past. At the same time, we aim to foreground how the narrative format itself is concerned with forms of commemoration ranging from trans-cultural memory, remembering the literary and intellectual canon, to commemorating important historical events that might otherwise be forgotten. Through highlighting this duality this collection aims to introduce the descent narrative as its own literary genre, a 'memorious genre' related to but distinct from the quest narrative.

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Madeleine Scherer is a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study and the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick, UK.

Rachel Falconer is Professor and Chair of Modern English Literature at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Introduction: The Long Descent into the Past Madeleine Scherer Chapter 1: The Even longer Descent: Notes on Genesis and Development of Ancient Egyptian Underworld Conceptions and their Interplay with Funerary Practice Jakob Schneider Chapter 2: Remembering in the Real World: Katabatic and Natural Deathscapes Joel Gordon Chapter 3: The Pestis Within: Concerns of the Underworld in Lucretius and Vergil Abigail Buglass Chapter 4: Memories of Rome's Underworld in Lucan's Civil War Narrative Eleonora Tola Chapter 5: The Open Door to Elysium in Lucian's True History A. Everett Beek Chapter 6: 'One of Marlow's inconclusive experiences': The Katabatic Wisdom Tradition in Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness Karen Borg Cardona Chapter 7: 'By My Voice I Shall Be Known': T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land and the Willing Voices of the Dead Yi-Chuang E. Lin Chapter 8: Katabasis: Ancient and Modern Desires for Heroic Memory Frances Foster Chapter 9: An Australian-made hell': Postcolonial Katabasis in Alexis Wright's The Swan Book

Arnaud Barras Chapter 10: Memory and Forgetfulness in Seamus Heaney's Virgilian Underworlds Rachel Falconer Chapter 11: 'all must descend to where the stories are kept': Textual Remembrance and Katabasis in Margaret Atwood's The Penelopiad Madeleine Scherer

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