Myth

ISBN-10: 0192803476

ISBN-13: 9780192803474

Edition: 2003

Authors: Robert A. Segal
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Description: A survey of the past 300 years of theorizing on myth, this book takes into account the work of such prominent thinkers as Albert Camus, Claude Levi-Strauss, C. G. Jung, and Sigmund Freud. It focuses on different approaches to myth, from all of the major disciplines--including science, religion, philosophy, literature, and psychology. Robert Segal considers the future study of myth, and the possible function of myth in the world as the adult equivalent of play. In order to analyze the different theories of myth, Segal focuses on the fable concerning the fate of the preternaturally beautiful Adonis. Where one theory does not work, he substitutes another myth, showing that, for all their claims to all-inclusiveness, certain theories, in fact, only apply to specific kinds of myths. A uniform set of questions is provided to elucidate both the strengths and the weaknesses of the conjectures.

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Book details

List price: $11.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/21/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 4.25" wide x 6.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

List of illustrations
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 society
Conclusion: The future of the study of myth
References
Index
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