What power has assured the continual fascination of writers with paradise? This book suggests that the answer lies in the complex, dynamic, and enigmatic roles offered by adopting paradise as a literary motif. Once it has shifted from myth to a flexible component of literary texts, it builds diverse significations and contexts into a recognizable literary construct and then plays these against each other in a fluid series of ambiguities and enigmas. This process encourages ever new contextualizations of paradise in response to changing cultural, techlogical, and social conditions.
The Author: A specialist in literary themes and motifs, Ingrid G. Daemmrich has published numerous studies in thematics and comparative literature. The Handbook of Themes and Motifs in Western Literature, co-authored with Horst S. Daemmrich, is used as a reference guide by students of literature throughout the world. Spirals and Circles: A Key to Thematic Patterns in Classicism and Realism (Peter Lang, 1994), also co-authored with Horst S. Daemmrich, presents a comprehensive thematic approach to two important literary movements.