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Hero Myths: A Reader provides a selection of 25 stories about heroes from around the world.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This welcome book by an expert provides at last the text we havelong needed for the multi-cultural and interdisciplinary lectureswe are more and more required to offer. A lucid introduction,mercifully free from obscurantist jargon provides various contexts,historical, psychological, mythological and more in which we canexplain the heroes." Professor William M. Calder III, Universityof Illinois, Champange

"This book is timely, necessary, innovative, and follows soundscholarly principles." Dan Ben-Amos, Professor of Folklore andFolklife, University of Pennsylvania

"This anthology will fill a gap, and will do so withdistinction." Robert Ackerman, Director, Liberal Arts, TheUniversity of the Arts, Philadelphia

"Robert Segal's collection of readings offers us somethingtowards understanding the genesis and range of the hero myth andtherefore indirectly of analytical psychology ... Segal's bookgives an introduction to the hero's 'thousand faces'." Journalof Analytical Psychology

"The selection of material that Segal brings together in thiswork is wide ranging. This book does what it sets out to do byproviding a useful sourcebook for the growing variety of hero myth- a variety which is surely set to increase and develop in theyears ahead." Journal of Contemporary Religion

"Eminently suitable for classroom use." Journal of AmericanFolklore

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631215158
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/26/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert A. Segal is Professor of Theories of Religion at Lancaster University. He previously taught at Reed College, Standford University, University of Pittsburgh and Tulane University. He is the author of, among other books, Joseph Campbell: An Introduction (1987), Theorizing About Myth (1999), and editor of Jung on Mythology (1998), In Quest of the Hero (1990), and The Myth and Ritual Theory (Blackwell Publishers, 1998). He is also the European Editor of the journal Religion.

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Table of Contents



The Readings:.

1. Sigurd (Icelandic/Norse): Hero as Warrior.

2. John Henry (American): Hero of Strength.

3 .Finn (Irish/Celtic): National Hero.

4. Duke of Wellington (English): National Hero.

5. George Washington (American): National Hero.

6. Robin Hood (English): Class Hero.

7. Coyote (Native American): Cultural Hero.

8. Maui (Hawaiian/Polynesian): Hero as Trickster.

9. Christopher Columbus (Italian): Hero as Explorer.

10. Penthesilea (Amazonian): Female Hero as Male.

11. Eve (Biblical): Defiant Hero.

12. Prometheus (Ancient Greek): Defiant Hero.

13. Oedipus (Ancient Greek): Tragic Hero.

14. Job (Biblical): Tragic Hero.

15. Joan of Arc (French): Hero as Saint / Hero as Martyr /Female Hero as Male.

16. Galileo (Italian): Intellectual Hero.

17. Arjuna (Indian): Reluctant Hero.

18. Gilgamesh (Sumerian): Failed Hero.

19. Sisyphus (Ancient Greek): Absurd Hero.

20. Don Quixote (Spanish): Hero as Madman.

21. Davy Crockett (American): Comic Hero.

22. Elvis Presley (American): Hero as Entertainer.


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