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Critiquing the Quest Archetype : Thinking Across Boundaries

Journal: International Journal of Trend in Scientific Research and Development (Vol.1, No. 5)

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Page : 1048-1051

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Prototypically, the idea of Interdisciplinarity precludes a combination of two or more disciplines. It is in Aristotelian terms a creative reconstruction rather than a literary transcription by thinking across boundaries. The term interdisciplinary is applied in literary criticism to describe a methodology that connects and integrates different schools of thought in the pursuit of a common task. For instance, Northrop Frye's Archetypal Literary Criticism, is concerned with analysing a text keeping its concern with myths, archetypes and social rituals. In literary criticism, the term archetype denotes recurrent narrative designs, patterns of action, character-types, themes and images in a wide variety of works of literature. Among the most popular of archetypes we have the death-rebirth theme, the journey to the underworld, the heavenly ascent, the Paradise/hades dichotomy, the Promethean rebel-hero, the scape-goat, the earth-goddess, the fatal woman and the concept of '˜Quest'. Among all these, the '˜Quest' motif is found in almost all Asian/Eastern and European/Western literatures. A proposal is therefore made to locate the '˜Quest' motif as a recurrent universal '˜site' that beautifully assimilates the core ideology of self-realization inherent in both Eastern and Western thought. Dr. Anupam R Nagar"Critiquing the Quest Archetype : Thinking Across Boundaries" Published in International Journal of Trend in Scientific Research and Development (ijtsrd), ISSN: 2456-6470, Volume-1 | Issue-5 , August 2017, URL:

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