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The Poetical and Rhetorical Structure of the Eliadean Text: A Contribution to Critical Theory and Discourses on Religions

Daniel Dubuisson and Andrew Meehan

in Hermeneutics, Politics, and the History of Religions

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780195394337
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199777358 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394337.003.0006
The Poetical and Rhetorical Structure of the Eliadean Text: A Contribution to Critical Theory and Discourses on Religions

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Many critical studies have been devoted to the controversial ideas developed by Mircea Eliade in his works. This chapter will not repeat them. Instead, it focuses on the easily recognizable poetic processes used by Eliade, which are inseparable from the pernicious ideology they transmit. In the first place, they define a certain style, identifiable by its grandiloquence and specific lexicon. This style is always closely linked to a series of topics (the “myth,” the homo religiosus, etc.) and topoi (a catalog of general arguments and common ideas). From these, the text develops its own schemata of mimesis and of semiosis. Together they establish the coherence of the Eliadean text. This coherence is the condition sine qua non of Eliade’s ambition to set out his own system of metaphysics.

Keywords: Eliade; text; style; poetic processes; topics; topoi; mimesis; semiosis; poetics

Chapter.  6289 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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