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Roman and European Mythologies

ISBN-10: 0226064557

ISBN-13: 9780226064550

Edition: N/A

Authors: Yves Bonnefoy, Gerald Honigsblum, Wendy Doniger

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This volume begins with Roman myths and traces their influence in early Christian and later European literature. Ninety-five entries by leading scholars cover subjects such as sacrificial cults and rites in pre-Roman Italy, Roman religion and its origins, the mythologies of paganism, the survival of the ancient gods in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, gypsy myths and rituals, romanticism and myth in Blake, Nerval, and Balzac, and myth in twentieth-century English literature. Mythologies offers illuminating examples of the workings of myth in the structure of societies past and present--how we create, use, and are guided by systems of myth to answer fundamental questions about ourselves and our world. Many of the sections in Mythologies, originally published as a two-volume cloth set, will soon be available in four paperback volumes (two are announced here; two more are scheduled for 1993). These volumes will reproduce the articles, introductory essays, and illustrations as they appeared in the full Mythologies set.
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List price: $49.00
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 11/15/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 342
Size: 8.50" wide x 11.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.738

The work of Yves Bonnefoy, a poet, critic, and translator, is philosophical in nature and difficult to penetrate. He has written meditations on the themes of the immobility of matter and the power of language. Influenced by such German philosophers as Hegel and Heidegger Bonnefoy reflects in his poetry a sense of tragic anguish, often through the use of understatement. Bonnefoy's principal poetic works include On the Motion and Immobility of Douve (1953), a philosophical meditation on the value of language, and Words in Stone (1965). He has written essays on art history and poetry in L'Improbable and La Seconde Simplicite. As a translator, Bonnefoy is well known for his renderings of Shakespeare into French including Hamlet, Julius Caesar, Henry IV, and A Winter's Tale.

Wendy Doniger is the Mircea Eliade Professor of the History of Religions in the Divinity School and a professor in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations and the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. She is the author of numerous books, including, most recently, The Woman Who Pretended to Be Who She Was.

Preface to the Paperback Edition
Preface to the English Edition of the Complete Work
Preface to the French Edition of the Complete Work
Contributors
Introduction: The Interpretation of Mythology Toward a Definition of Myth
The Interpretation of Myths: Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Theories
Myth and Writing: The Mythographers
Prehistoric Religion
""Nomadic Thought"" and Religious Action
Rome Italy Religion in Pre-Roman
Italy: The Hist