Introduction to Mythology Contemporary Approaches to Classical and World Myths

ISBN-10: 019515889X
ISBN-13: 9780195158892
Edition: 2005
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List price: $79.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/27/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 736
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.640
Language: English

Introduction to Mythology: Contemporary Approaches to Classical and World Myths introduces students to a wide range of myths from various critical perspectives. Featuring original texts from sources around the world, it includes readings from Greek and Roman classics (by Homer, Hesiod, Ovid, and other writers); Nordic mythology (by Snorri Sturluson); Hindu culture (The Ramayana; and from such ancient works as The Epic of Gilgamesh and the Bible. Selectionsfrom Native-American sources and fairy tales and stories from Africa, Germany, and the United States are also included. In addition, authors Eva Thury and Margaret Devinney draw comparisons between classical myths and such contemporary cultural phenomena as The X Files, Star Trek, and Mother Goose. They also incorporatereadings by Carl Jung, Levi-Strauss, Victor Turner, and other scholars who consider mythic material from different analytical perspectives. Finally, works by Milton, Keats, Updike, andJoyce are presented as examples of modern literary texts with mythological roots. The selections are organized into seven topical sections: myths of creation and destruction; hero and trickster myths; ritual and myth; myths and dreams; folktale and myth; modern American myths; and myths and literature. Introduction to Mythology: Contemporary Approaches to Classical and World Myths employs an innovative pedagogical structure to help students unravel the complex web of literary allusions often found in mythological texts. Extensive marginal notes provide cross-references and explanations of terms and culture-specific concepts, while a glossary of deities, suggested readings for each chapter, and more than 200 illustrations, photographs, and maps further enhance the volume. Idealfor courses in classical and world mythology, this text can also be used in world culture, world literature, and comparative religion courses. An Instructor's Manual and a Student's Website featuring chapter objectives and summaries, key terms, study questions, self-tests, and off-site links of interest willaccompany the book.

Introduction to Studying Myth
What is Myth?
Ways of Understanding Myth
Myths of Creation and Destruction
Introduction: Creation Myths
Greek Creation Stories
Ovids Creation Story
Biblical Creation Stories
Creation in Snorris Prose Edda
Native American Creation Stories from the Southwest US
African Creation Stories
Introduction: Destruction Myths
Ragnarok in Snorris Prose Edda
Biblical Flood Stories
Ovids Flood Story
Hero and Trickster Myths
Campbell's Hero with a Thousand Faces
The Epic of Gilgamesh
A Levi-Straussian Analysis of Gilgamesh
Valmikis Ramayana
Heroes in Snorris Prose Edda
Oedipus the King
Levi-Strauss The Structural Study of Myth
Raven: a Native American Trickster
The Mwindo Epic
African and African-American Trickster Tales
Prometheus: a Greek Trickster
Looking Back at Heroes: Literary Myths, Rationalized Myths, and ""Working Versions""
Ritual and Myth
Turners Description of Ritual
Demeter and Persephone
Isis and Osiris
Douglas ""Deciphering a Meal""
Davidsons The Rituals of Northern Europe
Heracles and Dionysus
Myths and Dreams
Jungs Man and his Symbols
How to Do a Jungian Analysis of a Dream or Fairytale
Folktale and Myth
Propps Morphology of the Folktale
A Proppian Analysis of The Wizard of Oz
Grimms Household Tales
Apuleius Cupid and Psyche
Using Multiple Analyses to Highlight Different Aspects of the Same Tale
Modern American Myths
Slotkins Study of the Construction of the Daniel Boone Myth
Star Trek and The X-Files: The Changing View of Science and Religion
Myth and Literature
Mythological Themes in Poetry
Mythological Themes in Native American Literature
Mythological Themes in Modern Narrative

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