<i>Theories of Mythology</i> provides students with both a history of theories of myth and a practical ‘how-to’ guide to interpreting myth, the most elementary form of narrative. <br><ul><br><li>Both a history of theories of myth and a practical ‘how-to’ 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.
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.
Freud and the Discovery of the Unconscious.
Psychoanalysis to Myth Analysis.
Freud and Anthropology.
Freud in his Social and Theoretical Context.
4. Ritual Theories:.
Jane Harrison and Ritualism.
Walter Burkert and Biosociology.
Burkert?s Homo Necans.
Saussure and Structural Linguistics.
A Critique of Syntagmatic Structuralism.
6. Social Ideologies:.
Structure and Ideology.
Poststructualisms, Postmodernism, and Ideology.
An Ideological Analysis of the Myth of Heracles.
A Little Further Reading.
Series: Ancient Cultures
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
Weight (kg): 0.53
Edition Number: 1