Michael Degener

Biography

Michael Degener, Ph.D. Comparative Literature, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, is currently a lecturer in the College of Arts and Sciences Writing Program at Boston University where he teaches seminars in literary and film studies.

Books

Iliad ad Nihilum: Psychê, Conscience, Wonder
Price: $17.95 USD. Words: 227,180. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Movements / existentialism, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Aesthetics
Paragon of warrior valor, or, à la Shakespeare, “idol of idiot worshippers”? This study contends that The Iliad, authored by an ironic sixth century Athenian, unfolds a revolutionary critique of the martial aristocracy. Achilles is undone by his own curse of pothê upon the Achaeans, exposed to an experience of thauma, or wonder, at Patroclus’ psychê, in the first glimmerings of conscience.

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