The Myth and Ritual Theory: An Anthology / Edition 1

The Myth and Ritual Theory: An Anthology / Edition 1

by Robert A. Segal
     
 

ISBN-10: 0631206809

ISBN-13: 9780631206804

Pub. Date: 02/12/1998

Publisher: Wiley

The Myth and Ritual Theory provides the first sourcebook for one of the most influential theories of myth, the theory which connects myth to rituals. Both classic and contemporary readings are brought together in this unique volume. The selections cover the theory from the origin in biblical and classical studies to its spread to the study of religions

Overview

The Myth and Ritual Theory provides the first sourcebook for one of the most influential theories of myth, the theory which connects myth to rituals. Both classic and contemporary readings are brought together in this unique volume. The selections cover the theory from the origin in biblical and classical studies to its spread to the study of religions worldwide and to its extension to literature and the social sciences. Critics as well as exponents of the theory are well represented. In his lucid introduction, Robert A. Segal, a leading authority on the theories of myth, systematically charts the history of the theory from its beginnings to the present.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631206804
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/12/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
488
Sales rank:
471,208
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements.

Introduction.

Part I: Original Formulation of the Theory: .

1. Lectures on the Religion of the Semites: William Robertson Smith.

Part II: The Development of Theory: .

2. The Golden Bough: James Frazer.

3. Themis: Jane Harrison.

4. The Myth and Ritual Pattern of the Ancient East: S. H. Hooke.

Part III: Application of Theory to the Ancient World: .

5. Excursus on the Ritual Forms Preserved in Greek Tragedy: Gilbert Murray.

6. A Ritual Basis for Hesiod's Theogony.

7. New Year Festivals: Ivan Engnell.

Part IV: Application of the Theory Worldwide:.

8. The Life-giving Myth: A. M. Hocart.

9. The Beginnings of Religion: E. O. James.

10. Myth in Primitive Psychology: Bronislaw Malinowski.

11. Myth and Reality: Mircea Eliade.

Part V: Application of the Theory to Literature:.

12. The Hero of Tradition: Lord Raglan.

13. From Ritual to Romance: Jessie L. Weston.

14. The Archetypes of Literature: Northrop Frye.

15. The Ritual View of Myth and the Mythic: Stanley Edgar Hyman.

16. The Idea of a Theater: Francis Fergusson.

17. The Myth and Ritual Approach to Shakespearean Tragedy: Herbert Weisinger.

18. What is Myth?: René Girard.

Part VI: Revisions of the Theory: .

19. Thespis: Theodor H. Gaster.

20. Myths and Rituals: A General Theory: Clyde Kluckhohn.

21. Homo Necans: Walter Burkert.

22. Structure and Dialectics: Claude Lévi-Strauss.

Part VII: Evaluations of the Theory:.

23. The Dramas and Dramatic Dances of Non-European Races: William Ridgeway.

24. Introduction to Apollodorus, The Library: James Frazer.

25. The Evidence of Divine Kings in Greece: H. J. Rose.

26. The Myth and Ritual Position Critically Examined: S. G. F. Brandon.

27. The Myth-Ritual Theory: William Bascom.

28. The Ritual Theory of Myth: Joseph Fontenrose.

29. Prospects: H. S. Versnel.

Further Reading.

Index.

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