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The Modern Construction of Myth - Andrew Von Hendy

The Modern Construction of Myth

Hardcover Published: 30th January 2002
ISBN: 9780253339966
Number Of Pages: 408

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..". one of the richest, clearest, and acutest surveys to date of the course of theorizing about myth from the eighteenth century on. I know of no more useful volume on the topic. Despite the postmodern connotations of the title, Von Hendy is writing not to expose the concept of myth but simply to show the array of ways in which it has been used from time to time and from place to place. A superb work." -- Robert A. Segal, University of Lancaster, author of Theorizing about Myth

Andrew Von Hendy offers an integrated critical account of the career of myth in modernity. He takes as its starting point some crucial moments in the 18th-century reinvention of the concept and then follows the major branches of theorizing as they appear in the work of theologians, philosophers, literary artists, political thinkers, folklorists, anthropologists, psychologists, and others.

Von Hendy pursues each of these four fundamental strains of theory through the 20th century: the rise of neo-romantic theories in depth psychology, modernist literature, and later in religious phenomenology, philosophy, and literary criticism; the establishment of folkloristic theory in ethnological fieldwork and in classical studies; the growth of ideological theories from Sorel to Barthes and Derrida; and the recent ascent of constitutive theories of myth as necessary fiction. Finally, Von Hendy examines the work of five theorists who attempt to come to terms with the lessons of the ideological critique, yet regard myth as a constructive phenomenon.

Whereas other mythographers tend to concentrate on the mature theories of the writers, Von Hendy explores the development of the theories and the influences on them. His grasp of the subject is masterful; his elucidation of the genealogy of the theories and his evaluation of them are exceptional in their comprehensiveness. . . .July 2002 * Choice *

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
From Fable to Mythp. 1
The Invention of Mythp. 25
The Struggle between Myth and "Suspicion"p. 49
Myth as an Aspect of "Primitive" Religionp. 77
The Role of Depth-Psychology in the Construction of Mythp. 112
The Modernist Contribution to the Construction of Mythp. 134
Neo-Romantic Theories of the Midcentury I: Myth as Mode of Thought and Languagep. 154
Neo-Romantic Theories of the Midcentury II: Myth and Ritual in Quotidian Western Lifep. 178
Folkloristic Myth in Social Anthropology I: Malinowski, Boas, and Their Spheres of Influencep. 202
Folkloristic Myth in Social Anthropology II: From Levi-Strauss to Witchdrawal from Grand Theoryp. 230
No Two-Headed Greeks: The Folkloristic Consensus in Classical Studiesp. 262
Myth and Ideologyp. 278
Myth as Necessary Fictionp. 304
Notesp. 341
Works Citedp. 363
Indexp. 379
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ISBN: 9780253339966
ISBN-10: 0253339960
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 408
Published: 30th January 2002
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.83