She is not seeking to mythicize
the Jews as a counterhistorical people a la Rosenzweig, but takes their ambiguous self-identity--complicated by their diasporic existence and cultural syncretism--as an allegory for an alternative form of community, a countermodel to the Blut und Boden nationalism that had percolated in Germany for generations and had reached its apotheosis in 1933.
There is no attempt here to mythicize
or demonize the politicians.
By the Second Intifada, the "stereotype of an evil empire" had come to prevail in the Israeli street over the more delicate negotiations among frail human beings pushing back against the walls and barriers that separate and mythicize
All out efforts are thus made to rationalize such myths and on the other hand mythicize
reason, logic and rational understanding of social issues.
As O Seculo states "[...] todo o filme e bem portugues e nao procura ignorar os problemas da hora que passa [...]." It is a film that at the time intended to show, through pictures, the magnificent achievements of the Estado Novo and to mythicize
its leaders as sensitive towards the Portuguese people, who are confident, caring and grateful to their benefactors.
Significantly, the Corregidora women acknowledge and even embrace their role in reproducing the trauma of slavery; as Madhu Dubey describes, the women "mythicize
their oppressive history, and are thus unable to perceive it has history, or to imagine a future untainted by the slavery creed" (Black Women 78).
In a move common to states that seek to strengthen and often mythicize
their foundation in common sacrifice, the government built monumental (and invariably ugly) military cemeteries for those fighters who had fallen in the struggle to drive out foreign invaders--a theme in Vietnamese history that the authorities sought to appropriate.
Though many of these changes took hold only after his family had left Trinity, the discovery of oil in East Texas and the sudden sprawl of greater Houston played an important role in the way Goyen came to mythicize
the place of his fiction.
Since the oppressors cannot totally achieve this destruction, they must mythicize
Attempts to mythicize
the god of loons may spark the anger of a cocky trickster who can resort to fowl play ...
More acerbic critics have condemned the novel for being "pleased with its bag of tricks, its crushing banalities, its sound and fury signifying zilch," for being "[e]xtremely cloying and incredibly false," and for offering only "a narcissistic realism, in love with its own gimmickry.' (23) Harry Siegel even accused Foer of being "a fraud and a hack" who has crossed "the line that separates the risible from the villainous," to which Vivan Gornick added a trenchant description of Foer as "a writer of talent who exploits holocaust to mythicize
the most aggressive self-pity in modern American history" (32).
Yet of course Thoreau left Walden after two years, and spent several more constructing the text that would record, amplify, reshape, and mythicize
his experience there.