Figuring Poesis focuses on the interrelations between myth and geometrical symbolism in literature since the end of the Second World War. Detailed readings of a wide range of works contextualize allusions to the myths of the apocalypse, the great goddess, alchemy, the labyrinth, and the descent to the underworld. The geometrical symbols that occur in conjunction with these myths serve as images of poesis and hermeneusis. The conclusion brings postmodernist paintings and architecture into the discussion, and develops an iconography of form.
About the Author
The Author: Evans Lansing Smith has published several articles and three books developing a mythopoetics of literature: The Hero Journey in Literature; Rape and Revelation: The Descent to the Underworld in Modernism; and Ricorso and Revelation: An Archetypal Poetics of Modernism. He has taught English and Comparative Literature since 1986 in Switzerland, California, and Maryland. He is currently an associate professor of English at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas.