Автор: edited OOliver Evans and Harry Finestone
Изд-во: Knopf Publisher
Формат: Обл. мягк. – Форм. 150х235 мм; 581 стр.
Год издания: 1971
That certain literary motifs are universal has, of course, long been acknowledged; it is a common-sense observation based on the fact that identical Characters, themes, and situations are found in the literature (particularly of myth, religion, and folklore) of cultures separated widely in time and space. In some casesaby no means all—it is possible to account for this phenomenon by various processes of cultural transmis- sion, but Where this is impossible, an alternative explanation is required. We cannot dismiss the problem merely by saying that human nature is essentially the same in all places and at all times, and therefore that the phenomenon is not so phenomenal; for, even if it were true that human nature exhibits this degree of constancy, the questions of why there are universal human qualities and why some elements in human nature are apparently less variable than others would still remain.