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    DescriptionThe texts and visual arts of ancient Egypt reveal a persistent and sophisticated engagement with problems of language, the body, and multiplicity. This innovative book shows how these issues were represented in ancient Egypt and how Egyptian approaches to them continue to influence the way we think about them today. The story of Osiris is one of the central cultural myths of ancient Egypt, a story of dismemberment and religious passion that also exemplifies attitudes about personal identity, sexuality, and the transfer of royal power. It is, moreover, a story of death and the overcoming of death, and in this it lies at the center of our own means of engagement with ancient Egypt. This book focuses on the story of Osiris as it is recorded in Egyptian texts and memorialized on the walls of temples and tombs. Since such a focus is attainable only through Egyptian representational systems, especially hieroglyphs, the book also engages broader questions of writing and visual representation: decipherment, controversies about the "ideograph," and the relation between visual images and writing. This analysis of Egyptian representation leads to a consideration of the phallic body and the problem of multiplicity in Egyptian religion, two nets of Egyptian discourse that, though integrated into the writing system itself, reach toward broader Egyptian discourses of gender, subjectivity, piety, and cosmogenesis. The concluding chapter considers, in specific terms, the question of a persisting Egyptian legacy in the West, from the Greeks and Israelites to Augustine, Hegel, and Lacan.


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    Title
    Remembering Osiris
    Subtitle
    Number, Gender and the Word in Ancient Egyptian Representational Systems
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Tom Hare
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 344
    Width: 157 mm
    Height: 240 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 662 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780804731782
    ISBN 10: 0804731780
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LIT
    B&T General Subject: 690
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1HBE
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    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BISAC V2.8: SOC011000
    DC21: 299.31
    BIC subject category V2: HRKP1
    DC22: 299.31
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    Ingram Theme: CULT/NAFRIC
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 07
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    Ingram Theme: CULT/EAFRIC
    B&T Approval Code: A13280000
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    BISAC V2.8: SOC032000
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    B&T Approval Code: A18400000
    BISAC V2.8: REL000000
    LC classification: BL2450.O7 H3 1999
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    Thema V1.0: DSBB, QRSA
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1HBE
    Edition statement
    New.
    Illustrations note
    78 line diagrams 12 half-tones
    Publisher
    Stanford University Press
    Imprint name
    Stanford University Press
    Publication date
    30 September 1999
    Publication City/Country
    Palo Alto
    Author Information
    Tom Hare is Associate Professor of Japanese and Comparative Literature at Stanford University. He is the author of "Zeami's Style: The Noh Plays of Zeami Motokiyo" (Stanford, 1986).
    Review quote
    "Hare's book is the first postmodern treatment of ancient Egypt, meaning an approach that is highly subjective, reflexive, ironic, ludic, eclectic, reconstructive, imaginative, and creative. Notwithstanding his being a specialist in early Japanese literature, Hare's knowledge of ancient Egypt, Egyptian grammar, and the professional literature is excellent. No Egyptologist, however, would have been able to cast such a fresh and uninhibited look at Egyptian texts and Egyptological theories and interpretations." - Jan Assmann,University of Heidelberg
    Back cover copy
    "Hare's book is the first postmodern treatment of ancient Egypt, meaning an approach that is highly subjective, reflexive, ironic, ludic, eclectic, reconstructive, imaginative, and creative. Notwithstanding his being a specialist in early Japanese literature, Hare's knowledge of ancient Egypt, Egyptian grammar, and the professional literature is excellent. No Egyptologist, however, would have been able to cast such a fresh and uninhibited look at Egyptian texts and Egyptological theories and interpretations." --Jan Assmann, University of Heidelberg
    Flap copy
    The texts and visual arts of ancient Egypt reveal a persistent and sophisticated engagement with problems of language, the body, and multiplicity. This innovative book shows how these issues were represented in ancient Egypt and how Egyptian approaches to them continue to influence the way we think about them today. The story of Osiris is one of the central cultural myths of ancient Egypt, a story of dismemberment and religious passion that also exemplifies attitudes about personal identity, sexuality, and the transfer of royal power. It is, moreover, a story of death and the overcoming of death, and in this it lies at the center of our own means of engagement with ancient Egypt. This book focuses on the story of Osiris as it is recorded in Egyptian texts and memorialized on the walls of temples and tombs. Since such a focus is attainable only through Egyptian representational systems, especially hieroglyphs, the book also engages broader questions of writing and visual representation: decipherment, controversies about the "ideograph," and the relation between visual images and writing. This analysis of Egyptian representation leads to a consideration of the phallic body and the problem of multiplicity in Egyptian religion, two nets of Egyptian discourse that, though integrated into the writing system itself, reach toward broader Egyptian discourses of gender, subjectivity, piety, and cosmogenesis. The concluding chapter considers, in specific terms, the question of a persisting Egyptian legacy in the West, from the Greeks and Israelites to Augustine, Hegel, and Lacan.
    Table of contents
    Preface; Conventions; Exergue; 1. The reverential slaughter; 2. Supplementary: the language of the Gods; 3. Coming and becoming; 4. ... Three, two, one, zero; 5. Post-ancient AEgyptians; Notes; Bibliography; Index.