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Classical Myth and PsychoanalysisAncient and Modern Stories of the Self$
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Vanda Zajko and Ellen O'Gorman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199656677

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199656677.001.0001

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Playing with Fire: Prometheus and the Mythological Consciousness

Playing with Fire: Prometheus and the Mythological Consciousness

(p.233) 14 Playing with Fire: Prometheus and the Mythological Consciousness
Classical Myth and Psychoanalysis

Meg Harris Williams

Oxford University Press

This chapter develops a sustained reading of Aeschylus' Prometheus Bound utilizing the concept of play in post-Freudian psychoanalytic thought. It considers the story of Prometheus' theft of fire and his battle with Zeus as one of those foundational myths which inform the worldview of an individual, a culture, or an area of knowledge.

Keywords:   prometheus, aeschylus, winnicott, play

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