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The Unspeakable Girl
Author: Giorgio Agamben

ISBN: 9780857420831
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 104
Published: 14 February 2014
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.5 x 14.9 x 1.5
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Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben is the rare writer whose ideas and works have a broad appeal across many fields, and his devoted fans are not just philosophers, but readers of political and legal theory, sociology, and literary criticism as well. Agamben's intuition and meditation are fascinating, and not least when he turns his critical eye to the mysteries and contradictions of early religion.The Unspeakable Girl: The Myth and Mystery of Kore is a book of three richly detailed treatments of the myth of Kore. Kore, also called Persephone, and referred to poetically by the Greeks as "the unspeakable girl," was the daughter of Demeter and Zeus who was abducted by Hades and made queen of the netherworld. Kore and her story gave rise to a mysterious cult at Eleusis, the site of the well where Demeter mourned her lost daughter. This book opens with an innovative and insightful essay that focuses on the mysterious indeterminacy of the figure of Kore/Persephone-at once a woman and a girl, a virgin and a mother-as well as the attendant divisions of speech and silence, the sacred and the profane, the animal and the human, and ...

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