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Fishman, G.G. (1984). American Imago, XXXVII. 1980: Thomas More, Hythloday, and Odysseus: An Anatomy of "Utopia." Wolfgang E. H. Rudat. Pp. 38-48.. Psychoanal Q., 53:335.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: American Imago, XXXVII. 1980: Thomas More, Hythloday, and Odysseus: An Anatomy of "Utopia." Wolfgang E. H. Rudat. Pp. 38-48.

(1984). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 53:335

American Imago, XXXVII. 1980: Thomas More, Hythloday, and Odysseus: An Anatomy of "Utopia." Wolfgang E. H. Rudat. Pp. 38-48.

George G. Fishman

In his major work, Utopia, Thomas More compared the "sailing" of his character, Raphael Hythloday (Hythlodaeus), to the voyages of Plato and Odysseus. Rudat attempts to explain More's analogy. His thesis hinges largely on the word "negotium," meaning "business," quoted from the Latin text. He calls attention to the rootword "otium," meaning "leisure"; thus, negotium is non-leisure. Rudat speculates that Hythloday's manifest reluctance concerning public service and responsibility, i.e., negotium, is basically a quest for the peace of the womb. Odysseus docked at Calypso's island: "Calypso" derives from the Greek verb meaning "to envelop." Rudat demonstrates that his own philologic odyssey is no mere show of words. In other works, More constructed sexually graphic epigrams; thus, in Utopia, anatomical allusions may well have been at least unconsciously intended. Rudat's thesis, in sum, is that Hythloday translates a central conflict of More's: the voyage of autonomous responsibility versus the anchoring to maternal safety.

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Fishman, G.G. (1984). American Imago, XXXVII. 1980. Psychoanal. Q., 53:335

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