J. G. Frazer: His Life and Work

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Sir James G. Frazer's The Golden Bough, first published in 1890, was the first work in English to understand the religion of classical antiquity in the context of primitive religion. Its dramatic impact on the history of ideas lasted well into the twentieth century, in its association of religious myths with the more primitive forms of ritual and magic generated by the 'savage mind', identified as a common misunderstanding of the scientific laws governing the natural world. This highly acclaimed biography is a ...

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Overview

Sir James G. Frazer's The Golden Bough, first published in 1890, was the first work in English to understand the religion of classical antiquity in the context of primitive religion. Its dramatic impact on the history of ideas lasted well into the twentieth century, in its association of religious myths with the more primitive forms of ritual and magic generated by the 'savage mind', identified as a common misunderstanding of the scientific laws governing the natural world. This highly acclaimed biography is a comprehensive study of Frazer's life, the influences on his work, and its wide-ranging implications for modern anthropology, classics, cultural history and folklore.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780521398251
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/13/1990
  • Series: Canto Book Series
  • Edition description: Canto ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 358
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.18 (d)

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List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; Introduction: Frazer and intellectual biography; 1. Childhood and youth; 2. Trinity undergraduate; 3. The vista of anthropology; 4. Pausanias and Robertson Smith; 5. Mythography and ambivalence; 6. The Golden Bough; 7. Smith dies, Frazer marries; 8. Pausanias's Description of Greece; 9. Baldwin Spencer, Andrew Lang, and Edmund Gosse; 10. The second edition; 11. The Hebrew world; 12. Lectures on Kingship and Liverpool; 13. Frazer and his critic Marett; 14. The third edition; 15. Honour to the king; 16. Return to the classics; 17. Aftermath; Appendix 1: Additions to Besterman's bibliography; Appendix 2: Frazer's notebooks; Bibliographic notes; Abbreviations; Notes; Index.

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