Untying the Knot: On Riddles and Other Enigmatic Modes

Paperback | November 15, 1996

EditorGalit Hasan-Rokem, David Shulman

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This book collects eighteen previously unpublished essays on the riddle--a genre of discourse found in virtually every human culture.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 religionand 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 andlinguistic 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 orcognitive 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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Untying the Knot collects eighteen previous unpublished essays on the riddle--a genre of discourse found in virtually every human culture. Hason-Rokem and Shulman have drawn these essays from a variety of cultural perspectives and disciplines; linguists, anthropologists, folklorists, and scholars of religion and literature consider rid...

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This book collects eighteen previously unpublished essays on the riddle--a genre of discourse found in virtually every human culture.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 religionand literature scholars consider riddling pra...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 9.17 × 6.06 × 0.87 inPublished:November 15, 1996Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195108566

ISBN - 13:9780195108569

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Untying the Knot collects eighteen previous unpublished essays on the riddle--a genre of discourse found in virtually every human culture. Hason-Rokem and Shulman have drawn these essays from a variety of cultural perspectives and disciplines; linguists, anthropologists, folklorists, and scholars of religion and literature consider riddling in Hebrew, Finnish, Indian languages, Chinese, and classical Greek.

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"...the intellectual "edge" of the volume and of the individual studies remains as sharp as ever. Untying the Knot is a significant contribution to the scholarship of riddles and related enigmas."--Anthropological Linguistics