Myth of the Eternal Return, The (Eliade)

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Eliade, Mircea. The Myth of the Eternal Return (or, Cosmos and History). France: 1949; English trans. 1954. Willard R. Trask, trans. Bollingen Series, No. XLVI. Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 1971.

Summarizes EM's highly influential, and fairly long-lasting, ideas on the social and psychological necessity for occasional or periodic return to the formless, the chaotic. See for the opposition of the living (vital and comic) against the mechanical. (See under Fiction, H. Ellison, "Repent, Harlequin!")[1]