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A Final StoryScience, Myth, and Beginnings$
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Nasser Zakariya

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226476124

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226500737.001.0001

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Coda

Coda

Epic Humanisms

Chapter:
(p.419) Coda
Source:
A Final Story
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Nasser Zakariya

Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226500737.003.0014

The coda returns to questions of homecoming and totality understood as characteristic of the epic, to its construction of species and species voice. Taking note of the embrace of the scientific epic by contemporary universal historians in the humanities, the coda also looks to the revision of critical scholarship renegotiating positions on the implications of contemporary universal history and scientific periodization for notions of human history and universality. It returns to putative alliances and distinctions between the categories of epic and myth, and to how they might underscore ambitions and dilemmas tied to the authorship of a scientific epic projected as myth.

Keywords:   epic, myth, totality, anthropocene, big history, deep history, evolutionary history, evolutionary dilemmas, universal history

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