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Myth: A Very Short Introduction

Robert Segal

Second edition

Published in print July 2015 | ISBN: 9780198724704
Published online July 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191792328 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780198724704.001.0001

Series: Very Short Introductions

Myth: A Very Short Introduction

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Where do myths come from? What is their function and what do they mean? Myth: A Very Short Introduction introduces a wide array of approaches to understanding myth from disciplines as varied as anthropology, sociology, psychology, literary criticism, philosophy, science, and religious studies. It uses the famous ancient myth of Adonis to analyse the ideas and individual approaches and theories of theorists such as Sigmund Freud, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Albert Camus, and Roland Barthes. This new edition considers the interactions of myth theory with cognitive science, the implications of the myth of Gaia, and the differences between story-telling and myth, as well as the future study of myth.

Keywords: criticism; legend; literary criticism; literature; myth; Vladimir Propp; story

Book.  160 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Psychology ; Mythology and Folklore ; Literary Theory and Cultural Studies ; Social and Cultural History ; Social and Cultural Anthropology

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