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American, African, and Old European Mythologies

ISBN-10: 0226064573

ISBN-13: 9780226064574

Edition: 1993

Authors: Yves Bonnefoy, Wendy Doniger, Gerald Honigsblum

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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. Almost all of Mythologies, originally published as a two-volume cloth set, is now available in four paperback volumes. These volumes reproduce the articles, introductory essays, and illustrations as they appeared in the full Mythologies set, and each includes a new Preface by Wendy Doniger. This volume gathers eighty articles on mythologies from around the world. A section on the Americas and the South Pacific covers myths of native Americans, from the Inuit to the Mesoamericans, about such topics as the cosmos, fire, and the creation of the world. Essays on African mythology range from the 266 basic signs of West Africa to themes such as twins, the placenta, and masks. The final section, covering Celtic, Norse, and Slavic traditions opens with an overview of the Indo-Europeans and concludes with an essay on the religion and myths of Armenia.
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 5/15/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 8.75" wide x 11.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

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
The Americas and the South Pacific
The Mythology