Hero Myths: A Reader / Edition 1

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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

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"This welcome book by an expert provides at last the text we have long needed for the multi-cultural and interdisciplinary lectures we 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 can explain the heroes." Professor William M. Calder III, University of Illinois, Champange

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

"This anthology will fill a gap, and will do so with distinction." Robert Ackerman, Director, Liberal Arts, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia

"Robert Segal's collection of readings offers us something towards understanding the genesis and range of the hero myth and therefore indirectly of analytical psychology ... Segal's book gives an introduction to the hero's 'thousand faces'." Journal of Analytical Psychology

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

"Eminently suitable for classroom use." Journal of American Folklore

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631215141
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/16/1991
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.89 (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

Introduction 1
1 Sigurd (Icelandic/Norse): hero as warrior 41
2 John Henry (American): hero of strength 46
3 Finn (Irish/Celtic): national hero 59
4 Duke of Wellington (English): national hero 68
5 George Washington (American): national hero 85
6 Robin Hood (English): class hero 94
7 Coyote (Native American): culture hero 105
8 Maui (Hawaiian/Polynesian): hero as trickster 108
9 Christopher Columbus (Italian): hero as explorer 111
10 Penthesilea (Amazonian): female hero as male 116
11 Eve (biblical): defiant hero 121
12 Prometheus (ancient Greek): defiant hero 125
13 Oedipus (ancient Greek): tragic hero 131
14 Job (biblical): tragic hero 139
15 Joan of Arc (French): hero as saint/hero as martyr/female hero as male 146
16 Galileo (Italian): intellectual hero 154
17 Arjuna (Indian): reluctant hero 168
18 Gilgamesh (Sumerian): failed hero 173
19 Sisyphus (ancient Greek): absurd hero 184
20 Don Quixote (Spanish): hero as madman 188
21 Davy Crockett (American): comic hero 195
22 Elvis Presley (American): hero as entertainer 207
Index 217
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