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Did Armstrong read World History and The Eonic Effect?

January 3rd, 2007 · No Comments

New in paperback: A Short History of Myth,” by Karen Armstrong (Canongate): the incoherence of Armstrong’s treatment of the Axial Age in her book on the subject comes out in this treatment of myth, where the rise of the modern suddenly becomes the (other) great transformation.
I have a feeling Armstrong was writing her book on the Axial Age, saw my World History and The Eonic Effect, and wished to hedge her bets on the issue of modernity.
As usual, her confused nonsense about ‘logos’ vs ‘mythos’ vitiates her analysis.

Myths have always served as a “counternarrative,” a way of coming to terms with mortality, Armstrong writes in this lucid introduction to Canongate’s “Myths” series, a collection of works retelling the world’s classic tales. Armstrong takes readers through the ages, from the hunting mythology of the Paleolithic period to the “death of mythology” in the “Great Western Transformation” (1500-2000). The other inaugural titles in the series are “The Penelopiad,” Margaret Atwood’s story of Penelope, the faithful wife of Odysseus, told in her own words; and “Weight,” Jeanette Winterson’s rendering of the story of Heracles and Atlas.

Tags: The Axial Age · World History and The Eonic Effect

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