Myth : a very short introduction (Very Short Introduction) (#0765YX4)

by Segal, Robert Alan

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Paperback Oxford University Press, 2015
Price: USD 11.95
Description: 142 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm.
Dewey: 201; Int Lvl: AD


 


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Mythology.

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Folklore & Mythology (Social Science)


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From Follett

Includes bibliographical references (pages 127-138) and index.;Introduction: theories of myth -- Myth and science -- Myth and philosophy -- Myth and religion -- Myth and ritual -- Myth and literature -- Myth and psychology -- Myth and structure -- Myth and politics -- Conclusion: bringing myth back to the world. "... 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"--OCLC.

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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 fromtheorists 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.ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, andenthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date: September 1, 2015
  • Format: Paperback
  • Series: Very short introductions ; 111
  • Edition: Second edition, Fully updated, new edition.
  • Dewey: 201
  • Classifications: Nonfiction
  • Description: 142 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm.
  • ISBN-10: 0-19-872470-5
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-19-872470-4
  • LCCN: 2015-931933
  • Follett Number: 0765YX4
  • Interest Level: AD

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