The eighth day : a novel with critical commentary

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Galbraith, Evelyn Van
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science
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Lethbridge, Alta : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Arts and Science, 1994
This thesis contains two parts: a novel, The Eighth Day and its critical commentary. The novel sets the story of Olivia, a contemporary protagonist, into the Sumerian myth of Inanna: Queen of Heaven and Earth. Like Inanna, Olivia descends, removing her immortal vestments or metaphors of belief, in seven stages or gates that lead to the underworld where she will arrive naked and bowing low before her sister-self, Rahab. Because Olivia's ideology is rigidly bound by ethics framed in the Old Testament, both of these myths play a large part in the unfolding of her story. Livia's beliefs must be closely identified before she can dicard or amend them. The Inanna myth illuminates the spiral nature of life's journey from the blind innocence of a child descending down to a conscious innocence born of choice. The critical commentary that precedes the novel discusses the art and technique that plays part in all fiction and in the novel. The Eighth Day.
xlv, 246 leaves : ill., [1] plate ; 29 cm
Dissertations, Academic