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Integrating original texts with explanations, interpretations, and theory, Introduction to Mythology: Contemporary Approaches to Classical and World Myths, Fourth Edition, introduces students to a wide range of myths drawn from sources all around the world and approached from various critical perspectives.
An innovative pedagogical structure helps students discern the complex web of literary allusions that characterize mythological texts
A global locator map at the beginning of each chapter situates the myths in their geographical context
Running margin notes provide cross-references and explanations of terms
A glossary of deities, an illustrated timeline, and suggested readings offer additional resources
A vibrant art program features more than 200 illustrations, photographs, and maps
Eva M. Thury is Associate Professor of English at Drexel University.
Margaret K. Devinney is Associate Professor Emerita of German at Temple University.
Table of Contents
*=New to this Edition Preface Time Line PART I. INTRODUCTION TO STUDYING MYTH 1. What Is Myth? 2. Ways of Understanding Myth PART 2. MYTHS OF CREATION AND DESTRUCTION 2A. Creation 3. Greece: Hesiod 4. Rome: Ovid (Creation) 5. The Bible: Genesis (Creation) 6. Mesopotamia: Enuma Elish 7. Icelandic/Norse: Prose Edda (Creation) 8. North America: Stories from the Zuni, Hopi, and Navajo (Southwest); and from the Iroquois League (Northeastern Woodlands) 9. Africa: Uganda and Nigeria 10. China: NŘ Kwa, Kuan Yin, and Monkey 11. Mesoamerica: Popol Vuh 2B. Destruction 12. Rome: Ovid (Flood) 13. The Bible: Genesis (Flood) 14. Icelandic/Norse: Prose Edda (Ragnarok) PART 3. HEROES AND TRICKSTERS 15. Theory: Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Dave Whomsley 16. Mesopotamia: The Epic of Gilgamesh 17. Applying Theory: A LÚvi-Straussian Analysis of the Epic of Gilgamesh, G. S. Kirk 18. India: The Ramayana 19. Icelandic/Norse: Prose Edda (Heroes) * 20. Arthurian Legend: The Holy Grail, Donna Lynne Rondolone 21. Africa: The Mwindo Epic 22. Greece: Oedipus the King, Sophocles 23. Theory: The Structural Study of Myth, Claude LÚvi-Strauss 24. North America: Raven 25. African and African-American Trickster Stories 26. Greece: Prometheus 27. Applying Theory: Different Versions of Myths PART 4. RITUAL AND MYTH 28. Theory: The Forest of Symbols, Victor Turner 29. Greece: Demeter and Persephone 30. Egypt: Isis and Osiris 31. Applying Theory: Meals in the Bible, Mary Douglas 32. Icelandic/Norse: The Rituals of Iceland, H.R. Ellis Davidson 33. Greece: Heracles and Dionysus PART 5. DREAMS AND MYTH 34. Theory: Man and His Symbols, C.G. Jung 35. Applying Theory: How to Perform a Jungian Analysis PART 6. FOLKTALE AND MYTH 36. Theory: The Morphology of the Folktale, Vladimir Propp 37. Applying Theory: A Proppian Analysis of The Wizard of Oz 38. Germany: Grimms' Household Tales 39. Rome: "Cupid and Psyche," Apuleius 40. Applying Theory: Highlighting Different Aspects of the Same Tale Using Multiple Analyses PART 7. CONTEMPORARY MYTH 41. Daniel Boone: Building the Myth around the Man, Richard Slotkin 42. Stagecoach and Firefly: The Journey into the Unknown in Westerns and Science Fiction, Fred Erisman 43. Harry Potter: A Rankian Analysis of the Hero of Hogwarts, M. Katherine Grimes 44. The Vampire as Hero: Tales of the Undead in a Contemporary Context, Eva M. Thury PART 8. LITERATURE AND MYTH 45. Poetry and Myth 46. "Yellow Woman": Native-American Oral Myth in a Contemporary Context, Leslie Marmon Silko 47. Narrative and Myth Glossary of Gods, Heroes, and Antiheroes Additional Works Cited Credits Index