How to Read a Myth (Philosophy and Literary Theory) [NOOK Book]

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"Concise and enlightening, How to Read a Myth shines a searching light into the shadows of myth in which we live, work, and think. In spite of the Enlightenment, science, and modernity, people in the East and West are immersed in and constantly weaving mythical narratives of home, identity, and hope. With clarity and learning, William Marderness has turned a labyrinthine, ancient subject into a book of delight and instruction."
-Ban Wang, ...
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How to Read a Myth (Philosophy and Literary Theory)

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Overview

"Concise and enlightening, How to Read a Myth shines a searching light into the shadows of myth in which we live, work, and think. In spite of the Enlightenment, science, and modernity, people in the East and West are immersed in and constantly weaving mythical narratives of home, identity, and hope. With clarity and learning, William Marderness has turned a labyrinthine, ancient subject into a book of delight and instruction."
-Ban Wang, Professor of Chinese and Comparative Literature, Stanford University

"In an age of increasing religious fundamentalism and faith-based politics around the globe, William Marderness's How to Read a Myth provides an accessible and valuable consideration of myth's diversity and resiliency. Furthermore, Marderness's cogent analysis of the notion of 'homeland' as a mythical topos not only interrogates conceptions of 'origin' and 'destiny,' but also maps the extent to which myth informs personal and national identities. Readers seeking a fresh and insightful approach to understanding some of humanity's oldest compulsions will find How to Read a Myth a bold, vital, and much-needed addition to current scholarship."
-Jay McRoy, Associate Professor of English and Film Studies, University of Wisconsin, Parkside

"The merit of William Marderness's book is to make a clear distinction between, on the one hand, the mythical reading of a 'living' myth within the community that is ruled by it, and, on the other hand, different levels of interpretation that, when considered as complementary to rather than exclusive of such a reading, as well as complementary to each other, might no longer be seen as posing a danger of 'explaining myths away.' Marderness offers such inclusive readings of both classical myths and the most recent manifestations of mythic structures in modern literature, film, politics and advertising."
-Max Statkiewicz, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Wisconsin, Madison

William Marderness, Ph.D., is assistant professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.
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