Theories of Mythology / Edition 1

Theories of Mythology / Edition 1

by Eric Csapo
     
 

ISBN-10: 0631232486

ISBN-13: 9780631232483

Pub. Date: 10/28/2004

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 most elementary form of narrative.

  • Both a history of theories of myth and a practical ‘how-to’ guide to interpreting myth.
  • Introduces the major theories of myth from the nineteenth

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Overview

Theories of Mythology provides students with both a history of theories of myth and a practical ‘how-to’ guide to interpreting myth, the most elementary form of narrative.

  • Both a history of theories of myth and a practical ‘how-to’ guide to interpreting myth.
  • Introduces the major theories of myth from the nineteenth century to the present day.
  • Covers comparative approaches, psychoanalysis, ritual theories of myth, structuralism, and ideological analysis.
  • Supplies readers with the theoretical tools for imitating each method.
  • Features detailed exemplary readings of familiar myths.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631232483
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/28/2004
Series:
Ancient Cultures Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
509,395
Product dimensions:
6.05(w) x 9.08(h) x 1.02(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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