Theories of Mythology / Edition 1

Theories of Mythology / Edition 1

by Eric Csapo
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0631232478

ISBN-13: 9780631232476

Pub. Date: 01/31/2005

Publisher: Wiley

Theories of Mythology provides students with both a history of theories of myth and a practical “how-to” guide to interpreting myth.

The book offers a critical introduction to the major theories of myth from the nineteenth century to the present day, covering comparative approaches, psychoanalysis, ritual theories, structuralism, and

Overview

Theories of Mythology provides students with both a history of theories of myth and a practical “how-to” guide to interpreting myth.

The book offers a critical introduction to the major theories of myth from the nineteenth century to the present day, covering comparative approaches, psychoanalysis, ritual theories, structuralism, and ideological analysis. A clear and accessible exposition of the founding theorists and their scientific, intellectual, and social contexts is combined with an analysis of each method’s assumptions, goals, characteristic procedures, and relative strengths. Featuring sample readings of familiar myths, the book supplies readers with the theoretical tools for imitating each method.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631232476
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/31/2005
Series:
Ancient Cultures Series
Pages:
356
Product dimensions:
6.33(w) x 9.46(h) x 1.25(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures.

Preface.

1. Introducing “Myth”.

2. Comparative Approaches:.

The Rise of the Comparative Method.

Max Müller and Solar Mythology.

James Frazer.

The World According to Frazer: Problems and Presuppositions.

The Urmyth: A Study in and of Comparison.

Comparison of the Greek and Hittite Myths of the Divine Succession.

3. Psychology:.

Freud and the Discovery of the Unconscious.

Psychoanalysis to Myth Analysis.

Freud and Anthropology.

Freud in his Social and Theoretical Context.

4. Ritual Theories:.

Social Anthropology.

Jane Harrison and Ritualism.

Walter Burkert and Biosociology.

Burkert’s Homo Necans.

5. Structuralism:.

Saussure and Structural Linguistics.

Syntagmatic Structuralism.

A Critique of Syntagmatic Structuralism.

Paradigmatic Structuralism.

Mediation.

Total Structure.

Totalizing Structure.

6. Social Ideologies:.

Structure and Ideology.

Poststructualisms, Postmodernism, and Ideology.

Decrypting Ideology.

An Ideological Analysis of the Myth of Heracles.

Epilogue.

A Little Further Reading.

Bibliography.

Index

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