The Myth of the Birth of the Hero: A Psychological Exploration of Myth [NOOK Book]

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In this study Rank looks at a a wide variety of Eurasian hero birth narratives, including Greek, Roman, Judeo-Christian, Indian, and Germanic legendary figures. He uses the methodology and vocabulary of classic Freudian psychoanalysis to do so. The middle part of this book, where Rank enumerates some of these tales, will be the most useful for modern readers, as he draws on a wide range of sources, some of them fairly obscure. In the last part he puts these myths 'on the couch' as it were, and ties up his thesis ...
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The Myth of the Birth of the Hero: A Psychological Exploration of Myth

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Overview

In this study Rank looks at a a wide variety of Eurasian hero birth narratives, including Greek, Roman, Judeo-Christian, Indian, and Germanic legendary figures. He uses the methodology and vocabulary of classic Freudian psychoanalysis to do so. The middle part of this book, where Rank enumerates some of these tales, will be the most useful for modern readers, as he draws on a wide range of sources, some of them fairly obscure. In the last part he puts these myths 'on the couch' as it were, and ties up his thesis very coherently. One of the most vexing questions of comparative mythology is the cross-cultural similarities in myths, folklore and legends. For instance, the flood myth, the heroic quest, and particularly birth-tales of the hero, appear around the world. Rank attempts to explain these common motifs in terms of what he believed to be psychological universals.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781300143444
  • Publisher: Lulu.com
  • Publication date: 1/12/2013
  • Sold by: LULU PRESS
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 774,657
  • File size: 282 KB

Meet the Author

Otto Rank (1884-1939), one of the most important figures in psychoanalysis, wrote several influential works on the mind, art, literature, and religion, including The Incest Theme in Literature and Legend and Psychology and the Soul, both published by Johns Hopkins. Gregory C. Richter, Ph.D., is a professor of German and linguistics at Truman State University. E. James Lieberman, M.D., is a practicing psychiatrist and a clinical professor of psychiatry at George Washington University. Richter and Lieberman previously translated Rank's Psychology and the Soul. Robert A. Segal, Ph.D., is a professor of religious studies at Lancaster University, and a renowned authority on mythology.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Introductory essay
1 Introduction 1
2 The cycle of myths 9
3 The interpretation of the myths 47
The play within Hamlet : toward an analysis and dynamic understanding of the work 93
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