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Myth: Key Concepts in Religion

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"The book will be a superb introduction to mythological studies for a long time to come." -William G. Doty, Professor Emeritus at the University of Alabama/Tuscaloosa author of Myth: A Handbook (University of Alabama Press, 2007)
Structured around a typical program of study, Robert Ellwood's accessible introduction covers all the major theories concerning the meaning and interpretation of myth, from structuralist to psychoanalytic, and includes illustrative examples throughout,...
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Overview

"The book will be a superb introduction to mythological studies for a long time to come." -William G. Doty, Professor Emeritus at the University of Alabama/Tuscaloosa author of Myth: A Handbook (University of Alabama Press, 2007)
Structured around a typical program of study, Robert Ellwood's accessible introduction covers all the major theories concerning the meaning and interpretation of myth, from structuralist to psychoanalytic, and includes illustrative examples throughout, including modern literary and cinematic myths, from Star Wars to The Lord of the Rings.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847062352
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 4/7/2009
  • Series: Key Concepts In Religion Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Ellwood was Professor of Religion at the University of Southern California from 1967 until his retirement in 1997. He is author or editor of over 25 books, including textbooks in world religions and religious studies, histories, and works on spirituality.

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Table of Contents

1. Encountering Myth

2. Types and Theories of Myth

3. Creation Myths

4. The Hero's Journey: The Warrior

5. The Hero's Journey: The Saviour

6. Eschatological Myth: The End of the World

7. Myths of Evil

8. Nationalistic Myth

9. The Sources of Myth

10. The Psychology of Myth

11. Mythologists

12. Modern Myth

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