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Theories of Mythology : Ancient Cultures - Eric Csapo

Theories of Mythology

Ancient Cultures

Paperback Published: 22nd November 2004
ISBN: 9780631232483
Number Of Pages: 352

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<i>Theories of Mythology</i> provides students with both a history of theories of myth and a practical &#8216;how-to&#8217; guide to interpreting myth, the most elementary form of narrative. <br><ul><br><li>Both a history of theories of myth and a practical &#8216;how-to&#8217; guide to interpreting myth. <br><li>Introduces the major theories of myth from the nineteenth century to the present day. <br><li>Covers comparative approaches, psychoanalysis, ritual theories of myth, structuralism, and ideological analysis. <br><li>Supplies readers with the theoretical tools for imitating each method. <br><li>Features detailed exemplary readings of familiar myths. </li></ul>

"I have rarely been in a position to recommend a book with more enthusiasm. It is an extremely lucid introduction to theories of myth and is accessible to those with no prior knowledge. The book is the most comprehensive of its kind - and the most useful." Robert L. Fowler, University of Bristol

"An integrated, historical, broad-based, wide-ranging general study of the interpretation of myth that covers all the major schools and shows how they relate to one another, grow out of one another and are still interesting today. He enlightens his deep understanding with wit and delight and a clear, lucent style. A superb achievement." Barry Powell, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"What Csapo has done is lucid, illuminating, refreshing and extremely informative. I recommend it to anyone looking for an intellectually engaging overview of theories of interpretation of myth." University of Toronto Quarterly

"It should certainly be in all academic libraries." Journal of Classics Teaching

"It is a pity that J.G. Frazer appropriated the title "The Golden Bough". This image is far better suited to Csapo's luminous guide through a forest difficult to see for the trees." Phoenix

List of Figures.


1. Introducing ?Myth?.

2. Comparative Approaches:.

The Rise of the Comparative Method.

Max Muller and Solar Mythology.

James Frazer.

The World According to Frazer: Problems and Presuppositions.

The Urmyth: A Study in and of Comparison.

Comparison of the Greek and Hittite Myths of the Divine Succession.

3. Psychology:.

Freud and the Discovery of the Unconscious.

Psychoanalysis to Myth Analysis.

Freud and Anthropology.

Freud in his Social and Theoretical Context.

4. Ritual Theories:.

Social Anthropology.

Jane Harrison and Ritualism.

Walter Burkert and Biosociology.

Burkert?s Homo Necans.

5. Structuralism:.

Saussure and Structural Linguistics.

Syntagmatic Structuralism.

A Critique of Syntagmatic Structuralism.

Paradigmatic Structuralism.


Total Structure.

Totalizing Structure.

6. Social Ideologies:.

Structure and Ideology.

Poststructualisms, Postmodernism, and Ideology.

Decrypting Ideology.

An Ideological Analysis of the Myth of Heracles.


A Little Further Reading.



ISBN: 9780631232483
ISBN-10: 0631232486
Series: Ancient Cultures
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 22nd November 2004
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.6  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.53
Edition Number: 1