Mythography: The Study of Myths and Rituals / Edition 2

Mythography: The Study of Myths and Rituals / Edition 2

by William G. Doty
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0817310061

ISBN-13: 9780817310066

Pub. Date: 03/28/2000

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

The Study of Myths and Rituals.'A book that will serve as the core textbook in a course on mythology. For such a purpose I would recommend this book very, very highly, and I think it would be suitable for both the graduate and undergraduate level.'-----Michael P. Carroll, American Anthropologist

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The Study of Myths and Rituals.'A book that will serve as the core textbook in a course on mythology. For such a purpose I would recommend this book very, very highly, and I think it would be suitable for both the graduate and undergraduate level.'-----Michael P. Carroll, American Anthropologist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780817310066
Publisher:
University of Alabama Press
Publication date:
03/28/2000
Edition description:
1
Pages:
600
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface: A ReadMe File for the Userxi
Acknowledgmentsxix
PART 1 ACCESS TO TOOLS AND DEFINITIONS1
CHAPTER 1 Myth Around the Clock: From Mama Myth to
Mythographic Analysis3
Myth the Mother5
Positive and Negative Uses of "Myth"12
The Myth- Terms of Our Analyses16
Hermeneutics and Interpretation22
The Range of Definitions28
CHAPTER 2 The Nature of the Mythical Beast: A
Comprehensive, Polyphasic Working Definition (Part 1)31
(1) Network of Myths34
(2) Culturally Important37
(3) Imaginal39
(4) Stories42
(5) Metaphoric and Symbolic Diction49
(6) Graphic Imagery53
(7) Emotional Conviction and Participation55
(8) The Primal, Foundational Accounts58
(9) The Real, Experienced World61
(10) Humankind's Roles and Relative Statuses63
CHAPTER 3 Maieutic, Creative Myth: Conveying Values and
Systems of Interpreting Reality (Definition, Part 2)66
(11) Convey Politicaland Moral Values68
(12) Systems of Interpretation69
(13) Individual Experience within Universal
Perspectives71
(14) Intervention of Suprahuman Entities74
(15) Aspects of the Natural and Cultural Orders77
(16) Rituals, Ceremonials, and Dramas78
(17) Secondary Elaborations79
CHAPTER 4 The "Noble White Man": Why Myths Seem
Déclassé in Today's Glitz Culture88
Those Primitive Savages Lacked Scientific Truth89
Myths, Science, and Truth(s)92
Phenomenologically Existential Mythicity101
The Greeks Are Still Very Much With Us104
Myth and/versus Biblical History107
The Smart and the Proper: When Do We Do What We Say
We Do?113
PART 2 MYTHOGRAPHY: HISTORICAL SCHOOLS AND ISSUES123
CHAPTER 5 Comparativism and the Functional Contexts of
Myths and Rituals125
Sociofunctionalism: Myth as "Cement" and as
"Charter"128
How Myths Serve Society135
Levels of Operational Vitality137
Functional Contexts of Myths and Rituals140
Reducing Anxiety and Communicating: Two German
Functionalists147
Polyfunctional and Polysemantic Meanings150
CHAPTER 6 Myth on the Psychoanalytical Couch: Freud and
Beyond157
Sigmund's Mythology159
MANIFEST CONTENTS VERSUS LATENT CONTENTS160
THE PRIMAL HORDE, CIVILIZATION, AND RELIGION165
A MYTHOLOGICAL READING OF FREUD169
ETIOLOGICAL BIAS171
MYTHOLOGICAL INTERPRETATION173
Post-Freudian Mythography174
Psychosociology184
Psychoanthropology186
CHAPTER 7 The Imaginal, Archetypal Turn: Jung, Hillman,
and Further Beyond194
Jungian Archetypes and Amplifications196
Archetypal Myth262
The Animated Mythological Terrain of James Hillman211
Other Semi-/Hemi-/Neo-Jungian Myth Studies217
Psychologically Affective Myths and Rituals223
CHAPTER 8 Mything Links: Mythlitcrit and Cultural Studies
Analyses (Marx Was a Smoothie)228
The Literary Importance of The Golden Bough230
Myth-and-Ritual Criticism234
Mythicosymbolism and Monomythicism238
Northrop Frye's Myth245
Mythic Figures in Literature251
Mythicity and the Modern/Postmodern254
Gould's Intentions of Mythicity256
Cultural Studies of Cultural Studies259
CHAPTER 9 The Enframing Prime-time Context Is All:
Structuralisms, Semiotics, and Cultural History266
Structuralism and the Concepts of
"Structure"268
Protostructuralist Structuralists272
Lévi-Strauss: The Myth and the Mythed274
Sequential and Semiotic Structuralists284
The New French Cultural History291
Bonnefoy/Doniger's Encyclopedia297
Biogentic Structuralism299
PART 3 EMBODIMENTS, RITES, AND CEREMONIALS303
CHAPTER 10 The Cosmological/Symbological Human/Social Body305
Biofunctional, Biogenetic Approaches307
Joseph Campbell's Mythography307
The Local and the Universal309
Ethological Questions313
The Cosmological Human Body314
Biogenetic Colors316
Mythologically Attuned Bodies319
The Human Social Experience322
BLISS AT THE MOTHER'S BREAST323
GENDER DIFFERENTIATION324
THE FAMILY AND THE CLAN327
DUALITIES, POLARITIES, AND THEIR MEDIATION330
CHAPTER 11 Yesterday's World Wide Web? Ritual as
Culture's Symbolic Nexus335
The Historical Ritual-Dominant (Myth-and-Ritual)
School336
Emphasis upon the Priority of Ritual345
Victor Turner's Ritual Studies348
THE MEANS OF ANALYSIS349
RITUALS REFLECT SOCIAL STRUCTURES354
RITUALS INFLUENCE SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS357
THE TRICKSTER AND THE LIMINAL/LIMINOID360
TURNER UPDATED365
CHAPTER 12 Sacrificial Scapegoating the Origin of
Myth/Religion? Ritualizations as Necessary Gestures368
Definitions and Attitudes and Functions370
Girard: Violence, the Sacred, and the Sacrificial
Scapegoat377
RENE GIRARD378
THE THEORY: A COMPRESSED VERSION379
TRACING THE THEORY'S HERITAGE AND FUTURE382
GIRARD'S NATURAL BORN KILLERS384
DEVELOPING GIRARDIAN MYTHOGRAPHIES388
Contemporary Antiritualism and the Postmodern390
How Rituals Serve Society398
Ludic Liminality401
PART 4 MYTHIFIED EXISTENCE405
CHAPTER 13 Making Do in a Decentered Cosmos: Signs of Our
Myths and Tales407
Social and Cultural Semiotics409
Transformation and Transmission of Mythic Materials420
Universalizing Fairy Tales and Myths426
CHAPTER 14 Don't Myth (with) the Boat: Our Deconstructed,
Fictive-Mythic Universe434
From Realism on Down437
The Sacred as Fictive Mythicity443
Mythographic Moralities453
FURBISHING THE CREATIVE MYTHOGRAPHER'S TOOLKIT
I Glossary461
II Questions to Address to Mythic Texts466
III The New Mythical Iconography468
IV Myth on the Internet473
V Selected Introductory Bibliography: Access to
Individual Mythological Figures and Topics476
1 General Introductions to the Study of Mythology476
2 The Historical Development of Mythographic
Perspectives477
3 Collections of Myths478
4 On Defining Myth and Ritual478
5 Sociofunctionalism; Comparativism479
6 Ritual Studies Materials479
7 Anthropological-Ethnographic Studies480
8 Psychological Perspectives480
9 Philosophical Perspectives481
10 Religious and Theological Approaches482
11 Archetypal Criticism and Myth Analysis of
Literature482
12 Linguistic-Narratological-Semiotic Structuralism483
13 Transmission and Themes of Myths and Folklore484
14 Feminist/Gender-Studies Aspects485
15 Modern Appropriations of Myth; Contemporary
Culture Analysis486
16 Myth and Ritual and the Arts487
17 Exploring the Individual Mythostory487
18 Advanced and Specialized Studies487
19 Anthologies, Monographs, and Collections of Essays488
20 Journal Issues with Thematic Emphasis on
Myths/Rituals489
21 Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Handbooks489
22 Bibliographies490
23 A Mythographer's Basic Book List491
Bibliography493
Index569

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