The quest for origins in the study of religion: A review forum on In Search of Dreamtime1 Misreading Max Müller IVAN STRENSKI 1. Illusions of disjunction and the possibility of parallels Chapter Three of In Search of Dreamtime: The Quest for the Origin of Re- ligion, "Accidental mythology: Max Müller in and out of his workshop", is elegantly knotted in complexity and reflexivity, familiar enough to those well acquainted with the critical literature of poststructuralism. In this vein, Masuzawa aims to do a "monomaniacal reading" of her texts (6). In doing so, she seeks "to document and account" for certain "narrative crossings in Muller's texts ... by accentuating some of the interstices and disjunctions in his work" (61). The purpose for this attention to such fragmentary or fleeting moments in the writer's work will be to suggest "that the easily tra- versed yet ultimately unreconciled aspects of his professional career ... can be seen as a structural analog to the way in which his theory of mythology is constructed" (61). So, this is a chapter "about-about" Max Muller, an essay in understanding the perhaps unconscious aspects of his thinking by seeing how it models one part of itself
Method & Theory in the Study of Religion – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1996
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