The Poetics of Myth (Theorists of Myth Series #9/ Garland Reference Library of the Humanities #1944)

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First Published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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A translation of the 1976 Russian , purged of its Soviet references. Melitinsky has written widely on folklore and mythology, and is part of a group sometimes identified as the Moscow branch of the Tartu School of semioticians, associated with the work of Yuri Lotman. He argues that myth survives today as a form of thought, and that myth emerges in the 20th century's great literature ever more frequently as the rhetorical strategies of realism and objective observation reveal themselves to be inadequate to describe modern concerns. He combines an index and glossary of concepts and personae without pronunciation. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815321347
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Series: Theorists of Myth Series , #9
  • Pages: 520
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Biographical Note
Preface to the Russian Edition (1976)
Pt. I Modern Theories of Myth and Approaches to Literature
Historical Overview 3
Remythification in Philosophy and in the Study of Culture 14
Ritualism and Functionalism 19
The French Sociological School 25
The Symbolic Theories 29
Analytical Psychology 39
Structuralism 53
Myth, Ritual, Archetypes, and Literary Criticism 73
Mythopoetics in Russian and Soviet Thought 92
Preliminary Conclusions 116
Pt. II The Classic Forms of Myth and Their Expression in Narrative Folklore
Preliminary Observations 151
The General Characteristics of Mythological Thought 152
The Functional Orientation of Myth 156
Mythical Time and Its Paradigms 158
Ancestors, Demiurges, Culture Heroes 163
Archaic Creation Myths 177
The Origins of Society 181
Chaos, Order, and the Creation of the Universe 183
The Cosmic Model 192
Seasonal Myths 196
Cosmic Cycles and the End of the Universe 200
Heroic Myths and Rites of Passage 203
The Semantics of Mythical Plots and Systems 207
Myth, Tale, Epic 235
Pt. III Mythification in Twentieth-Century Literature
Historical Introduction 259
The Mythological Novel in the Twentieth Century: Some Preliminary Observations 275
An Antithesis: Joyce and Mann 277
Kofka's Mythopoetics 313
Various Aspects of Mythification in the Contemporary Novel 329
Bibliography 353
Subject Index and Glossary 413
Index of Literary Works 478
Name Index 483
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