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Introduction to mythology : contemporary approaches to classical and world myths

Author: Eva M Thury; Margaret Klopfle Devinney
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Third editionView all editions and formats
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Intergrating original texts with explanations, interpretations, and theory. Introduces students to a wide range of myths drawn from sources all around the world and approached from various critical perspectives.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Eva M Thury; Margaret Klopfle Devinney
ISBN: 9780199859238 019985923X 9780199862771 019986277X
OCLC Number: 801675521
Description: xxviii, 757 pages, [28] pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 26 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Introduction to studying myth. What is myth? --
Ways of understanding myth --
pt. 2. Myths of creation and destruction --
pt. 2A. Creation. Greece : Hesiod --
Rome : Ovid --
The Bible : Genesis (creation) --
Mesopotamia : Enuma Elish --
Icelandic/Norse : Prose Edda (creation) --
North America : Zuni, Hopi, Navajo --
Africa : Uganda and Nigeria --
China : Nü kwa --
Mesoamerica : Popol Vuh --
pt. 2B. Destruction. Rome : Ovid (flood) --
The Bible : Genesis (flood) --
Icelandic/Norse : Prose Edda (Ragnarok) --
pt. 3. Heroes and tricksters. Theory : Joseph Campbell, The hero with a thousand faces / Dave Whomsley --
Mesopotamia : The epic of Gilgamesh --
Applying theory : a Lévi-Straussian analysis of the Epic of Gilgamesh / G.S. Kirk --
India : the Ramayana --
Icelandic/Norse : Prose Edda (heroes) --
Africa : the Mwindo epic --
Greece : Oedipus the king / Sophocles --
Theory : the structural study of myth / Claude Lévi-Strauss --
North America : Raven --
African and African-American trickster stories --
Greece : Prometheus --
Applying theory : different versions of myths --
pt. 4. Ritual and myth. Theory : The forest of symbols / Victor Turner --
Greece : Demeter and Persephone --
Egypt : Isis and Osiris --
Applying theory : meals in the Bible / Mary Douglas --
Icelandic/Norse : the rituals of Iceland / H.R.E. Davidson --
Greece : Heracles and Dionysus --
pt. 5. Dreams and myth. Theory : Man and his symbols / C.G. Jung --
Applying theory : how to perform a Jungian analysis --
pt. 6. Folktale and myth. Theory : The morphology of the folktale / Vladimir Propp --
Applying theory : a Proppian analysis of The wizard of Oz --
Germany : Grimm's Household tales --
Rome : "Cupid and Psyche" / Apuleius --
Applying theory : highlighting different aspects of the same tale using multiple analyses --
pt. 7. Contemporary myth. Daniel Boone : building the myth around the man --
Stagecoach and Firefly : the journey into the unknown in westerns and science fiction --
Harry Potter : a Rankian analysis of the hero of Hogwarts --
The vampire as hero : tales of the undead in a contemporary context / Eva M. Thury --
pt. 8. Literature and myth. Poetry and myth --
"Yellow woman" : Native-American oral myth in a contemporary context / Leslie Marmon Silko --
Narrative and myth.
Responsibility: Eva M. Thury, Margaret K. Devinney.

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Intergrating original texts with explanations, interpretations, and theory. Introduces students to a wide range of myths drawn from sources all around the world and approached from various critical perspectives.
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"I have been using this text since it was first published, and I think it's the best we've ever had for our course in World Mythology."--Angela Ruediger, Harrisburg Area Community Read more...

 
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