Introduction to Mythology: Contemporary Approaches to Classical and World Myths / Edition 2

Introduction to Mythology: Contemporary Approaches to Classical and World Myths / Edition 2

by Eva M. Thury, Margaret K. Devinney
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195332946

ISBN-13: 9780195332940

Pub. Date: 01/21/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The only complete world mythology textbook available, Introduction to Mythology: Contemporary Approaches to Classical and World Myths, Second Edition, integrates original texts with explanations, interpretations, theory, and numerous pedagogical aids to introduce students to a wide range of myths from various critical perspectives. Featuring texts from sources…  See more details below

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The only complete world mythology textbook available, Introduction to Mythology: Contemporary Approaches to Classical and World Myths, Second Edition, integrates original texts with explanations, interpretations, theory, and numerous pedagogical aids to introduce students to a wide range of myths from various critical perspectives. Featuring texts from sources around the world, it includes readings from Greek and Roman classics; Nordic mythology; Hindu culture; Chinese mythology and from such ancient works as the Epic of Gilgamesh, the Bible, and the Mesopotamian story of Enuma Elish. Selections from Native-American sources and folktales and stories from Africa, Germany, and the United States are also included. In addition, authors Eva Thury and Margaret Devinney draw comparisons between classical myths and such contemporary cultural phenomenon as The X-Files, Star Trek, Mother Goose, and, new to this edition, Harry Potter, Stagecoach, and Firefly. They also incorporate readings by Carl Jung, Claude Levi-Strauss, Victor Turner, and other scholars who consider mythic material from different analytical perspectives. Finally, traditional works by writers like John Milton and John Keats as well as those by contemporary authors like Anne Sexton, John Updike, Angela Carter, and James Joyce are presented as examples of literary texts with mythological roots. Introduction to Mythology uses an innovative pedagogical structure to help students unravel the complex web of literary allusions often found in mythological texts.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195332940
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/21/2009
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
736
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Introduction to Studying Myth 1

Pt. 2 Myths of Creation and Destruction 21

Pt. 3 Heroes and Tricksters 155

Pt. 4 Ritual and Myth 367

Pt. 5 Myths and Dreams 465

Pt. 6 Folktale and Myth 495

Pt. 7 Myth in a Contemporary Context 569

Pt. 8 Myth and Literature 617

Glossary of Gods, Heroes, and Antiheroes 685

Additional Works Cited 693

Art Credits 700

Index 702

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