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Forbidden knowledge : from Prometheus to pornography, Roger Shattuck

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Forbidden knowledge : from Prometheus to pornography
Title
Forbidden knowledge
Title remainder
from Prometheus to pornography
Statement of responsibility
Roger Shattuck
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Forbidden Knowledge boldly traces the tragic arc of Western literature and culture as it explores the notion of "forbidden knowledge," from the sexual innocence of Adam and Eve to the awe-inspiring discoveries of modern scientists who have created the atomic bomb and recombinant DNA. The result is a dire portrait of human presumption and of a culture that has abandoned all limits in the quest for knowledge and experience. The harrowing imagery that Shattuck presents is matched only by his faith that we can understand our grievous loss of innocence by reexamining our greatest myths and stories of the last two thousand years. In lively, lucid prose Shattuck explores our uncertain fate through such myths as that of Prometheus and a wide range of literary works, including Milton's Paradise Lost, the writings of the Marquis de Sade, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Melville's Billy Budd, and the poetry of Emily Dickinson. Parents and teachers should be aware that Chapter VII does not make appropriate reading for children and minors. In this seminal work, Shattuck breaks new ground in opening up a crucial subject never before accorded this full-scale treatment. Forbidden Knowledge impels us to a renewed effort to think judiciously about morality and the sacred during a decade of radical skepticism. Forbidden Knowledge represents the capstone of Roger Shattuck's career as one of America's most original and gifted thinkers
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Shattuck, Roger
Dewey number
809/.9338
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN56.K64
LC item number
S43 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Knowledge, Theory of, in literature
  • Sex in literature
  • Literature and morals
  • Teoría del conocimiento en literatura
  • Sexo en literatura
  • Literatura y moral
  • Literatuurtheorie
  • Moraal
Label
Forbidden knowledge : from Prometheus to pornography, Roger Shattuck
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [349]-358) and index
Contents
The far side of curiosity -- Milton in the Garden of Eden -- Faust and Frankenstein -- The pleasures of abstinence : Mme de Lafayette and Emily Dickinson -- Guilt, justice, and empathy in Melville and Camus -- Taking stock -- Knowledge exploding : science and technology -- The divine Marquis -- The sphinx and the unicorn -- Appendix I : Six categories of forbidden knowledge -- Appendix II : The occult -- Appendix III : "The sphinz" / by Francis Bacon
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 online resource (xiii, 369 pages
Form of item
online
Other physical details
illustrations)
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1034675976
Label
Forbidden knowledge : from Prometheus to pornography, Roger Shattuck
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [349]-358) and index
Contents
The far side of curiosity -- Milton in the Garden of Eden -- Faust and Frankenstein -- The pleasures of abstinence : Mme de Lafayette and Emily Dickinson -- Guilt, justice, and empathy in Melville and Camus -- Taking stock -- Knowledge exploding : science and technology -- The divine Marquis -- The sphinx and the unicorn -- Appendix I : Six categories of forbidden knowledge -- Appendix II : The occult -- Appendix III : "The sphinz" / by Francis Bacon
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 online resource (xiii, 369 pages
Form of item
online
Other physical details
illustrations)
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1034675976

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