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"Does myth have a future?" is the provocative title of the second chapter in a book that compares leading rival theorists of myth, as represented by ten essays appearing from 1987-1998 in sources such as the , , and . In the final chapter, Blumberg argues against both Tylor's rationalist view of myth as primitive science and Campbell's neo-Jungian romantic conception of myth as perennial wisdom about human nature and ultimate reality. Also considers Eliade, Frazer, Freud, Levi-Strauss, and Rank, among others. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558491915
  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
  • Publication date: 8/5/1999
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
I Tylor's Theory of Myth as Primitive Science 7
II Does Myth Have a Future? 19
III The Myth and Ritual Theory 37
IV The Grail Legend as Frazerian Myth and Ritual 47
V Fairy Tales Si, Myths No: Bruno Bettelheim's Antithesis 59
VI Jung on Mythology 67
VII Adonis: A Greek Eternal Child 99
VIII In Quest of the Hero 117
IX The Romantic Appeal of Joseph Campbell 135
X Hans Blumenberg as Theorist of Myth 143
Notes 153
Acknowledgments 179
Index 181
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