Untying the Knot: On Riddles and Other Enigmatic Modes

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Gālît Ḥazzān-Rôqēm, Galit Hasan-Rokem, David Dean Shulman
Oxford University Press, 1996 - 329 עמודים
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This book collects eighteen previously unpublished essays on the riddle--a genre of discourse found in virtually every human culture. Hasan-Rokem and Shulman have drawn these essays from a variety of cultural perspectives and disciplines; linguists, anthropologists, folklorists, and religion and literature scholars consider riddling practices in Hebrew, Finnish, Indian languages, Chinese, and classical Greek. The authors seek to understand the peculiar expressive power of the riddle, and the cultural logic of its particular uses; they scrutinize the riddle's logical structure and linguistic strategies, as well as its affinity to neighboring genres such as enigmas, puzzles, oracular prophecy, proverbs, and dreams. In this way, they begin to answer how riddles relate to the conceptual structures of a particular culture, and how they come to represent a culture's cosmology or cognitive map of the world. More importantly, these essays reveal the human need for symbolic ordering--riddles being one such form of cultural ritual.
 

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Introduction
3
Riddles and Their Use
10
Traps of Transformation Theoretical Convergences between Riddle and Ritual
37
Ill Give You Three Guesses The Dynamics of Genre in the RiddleTale
62
HEBREW RIDDLES
79
Toward a Theory of the Literary Riddle
81
Spinning Threads of Sand Riddles as Images of Loss in the Midrash on Lamentations
109
A King a Queen and the Riddle Between Riddles and Interpretation in a Late Midrashic Text
125
Enigmas of Sexual Masquerade in Hindu Myths and Tales
208
CHINESE RIDDLING
225
Riddle and Enigma in Chinese Civilization
227
Riddles in The Dream of the Red Chamber
237
NOTES FROM THE WEST
253
One Voice and Many Legs Oedipus and the Riddle of the Sphinx
255
Myth as Enigma Cultural Hermeneutics in Late Antiquity
271
Squaring the Circle
284

ENIGMATIC MODES IN INDIA
149
The Yakṣas Questions
151
When Is a Riddle Not a Riddle? Some Comments on Riddling and Related Poetic Devices in Classical Sanskrit
168
Why an Allama Poem Is Not a Riddle An Anthological Essay
179
Texture and Authority Telugu Riddles and Enigmas
191
Connecting through Riddles or The Riddle of Connecting
294
AFTERWORD
316
AUTHOR INDEX
321
SUBJECT INDEX
325
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Poet and Essayist, Galit Hasan-Rokem is Professor of Folklore at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. David Shulman is Professor of Indian Studies and Comparative Religion at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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