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The odyssey of Dune : epic, archetype and the collective unconscious

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dc.contributor.advisor Byrne, D. C. (Deirdre C.) Rafala, Carmelo 2015-01-23T04:24:08Z 2015-01-23T04:24:08Z 2001-09
dc.identifier.citation Rafala, Carmelo (2001) The odyssey of Dune : epic, archetype and the collective unconscious, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines epic impressions between two disparate literary genres, the classical Homeric epic and the science fiction novel, Frank Herbert's Dune in particular. This is done by applying Jung's archetypes and his notion of the collective unconscious to both literary works. This thesis argues that, through intertextual dialogue, continuities can be seen to exist between the Homeric epic and Dune and other science fiction texts of a similar nature. Chapter one examines epic impressions through a study of the classical heroic superhuman. This superhuman, his birth, divine attributes and heroic adventures shall be isolated and applied to both the classical hero and the hero of Herbert's narrative. Chapter two will examine the relationship between prescience ("hyperawareness") and the divine oracle of the classical epic. Chapter three will examine the archetype of the "Terrible Mother" and the masculine fear of feminine powers that works to keep the feminine subordinate. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (148 leaves)
dc.language.iso en
dc.subject Epic literature en
dc.subject Epic impressions en
dc.subject Comparative literary studies en
dc.subject Homer en
dc.subject Classical heroes en
dc.subject Science fiction en
dc.subject Frank Herbert en
dc.subject Jung's archetypes en
dc.subject Collective unconscious en
dc.subject Feminism en
dc.subject.ddc 813.54
dc.subject.lcsh Epic literature en
dc.subject.lcsh Heroes in literature en
dc.subject.lcsh Herbert en
dc.title The odyssey of Dune : epic, archetype and the collective unconscious en
dc.type Dissertation
dc.description.department English Studies M.A. (English)

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