Myth: A Very Short Introduction

Myth: A Very Short Introduction

by Robert A. Segal
ISBN-10:
0192803476
ISBN-13:
9780192803474
Pub. Date:
10/21/2004
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
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Overview

Myth: A Very Short Introduction


Where do myths come from? What is their function and what do they mean?

In this Very Short Introduction Robert Segal introduces the array of approaches used to understand the study of myth. These approaches hail from disciplines as varied as anthropology, sociology, psychology, literary criticism, philosophy, science, and religious studies. Including ideas from theorists as varied as Sigmund Freud, Claude Levi-Strauss, Albert Camus, and Roland Barthes, Segal uses the famous ancient myth of Adonis to analyse their individual approaches and theories.

In this new edition, he not only considers the future study of myth, but also considers the interactions of myth theory with cognitive science, the implications of the myth of Gaia, and the differences between story-telling and myth.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780192803474
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 10/21/2004
Series: Very Short Introductions Series
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 4.30(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsx
Introduction: Theories of myth1
1Myth and science11
2Myth and philosophy36
3Myth and religion46
4Myth and ritual61
5Myth and literature79
6Myth and psychology91
7Myth and structure113
8Myth and society126
Conclusion: The future of the study of myth137
References143
Index159

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