Hero Myths: A Reader / Edition 1

Hero Myths: A Reader / Edition 1

by Robert A. Segal
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Hero Myths: A Reader / Edition 1

This Reader collects 25 stories of heroes of all kinds from around the world. Included are both non-Western and Western, female and male, modern and ancient, young and adult, lowly and noble, comic and tragic, national and universal, and historical and fictional heroes. Failed as well as successful heroes are represented, as are anti-heroes as well as conventional heroes.

Hero Myths offers not only an array of kinds of hero myths but also a guide to understanding the myths selected. In a substantial introduction, Robert Segal, a leading authority on theories of myth, provides an overview of both the history of the study of heroes and the history of the study of hero myths from the fields of psychology, anthropology, folklore, literature, and religious studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780631215141
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 01/16/1991
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.89(d)

Table of Contents



The Readings:.

1. Sigurd (Icelandic/Norse): Hero as Warrior.

2. John Henry (American): Hero of Strength.

3 .Finn (Irish/Celtic): National Hero.

4. Duke of Wellington (English): National Hero.

5. George Washington (American): National Hero.

6. Robin Hood (English): Class Hero.

7. Coyote (Native American): Cultural Hero.

8. Maui (Hawaiian/Polynesian): Hero as Trickster.

9. Christopher Columbus (Italian): Hero as Explorer.

10. Penthesilea (Amazonian): Female Hero as Male.

11. Eve (Biblical): Defiant Hero.

12. Prometheus (Ancient Greek): Defiant Hero.

13. Oedipus (Ancient Greek): Tragic Hero.

14. Job (Biblical): Tragic Hero.

15. Joan of Arc (French): Hero as Saint / Hero as Martyr / Female Hero as Male.

16. Galileo (Italian): Intellectual Hero.

17. Arjuna (Indian): Reluctant Hero.

18. Gilgamesh (Sumerian): Failed Hero.

19. Sisyphus (Ancient Greek): Absurd Hero.

20. Don Quixote (Spanish): Hero as Madman.

21. Davy Crockett (American): Comic Hero.

22. Elvis Presley (American): Hero as Entertainer.


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