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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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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $11.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/21/2004
Size: 4.25" wide x 6.75" long x 0.25" tall
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|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|