9780192803474

Myth

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  • ISBN13:

    9780192803474

  • ISBN10:

    0192803476

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-10-21
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Summary

A survey of the past 300 years of theorizing on myth, this book takes into account the work of such prominent thinkers as Albert Camus, Claude Levi-Strauss, C. G. Jung, and Sigmund Freud. It focuses on different approaches to myth, from all of the major disciplines--including science, religion, philosophy, literature, and psychology. Robert Segal considers the future study of myth, and the possible function of myth in the world as the adult equivalent of play. In order to analyze the different theories of myth, Segal focuses on the fable concerning the fate of the preternaturally beautiful Adonis. Where one theory does not work, he substitutes another myth, showing that, for all their claims to all-inclusiveness, certain theories, in fact, only apply to specific kinds of myths. A uniform set of questions is provided to elucidate both the strengths and the weaknesses of the conjectures.

Author Biography

Robert A. Segal is Professor of Theories of Religion at the University of Lancaster.

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsp. x
Introduction: Theories of mythp. 1
Myth and sciencep. 11
Myth and philosophyp. 36
Myth and religionp. 46
Myth and ritualp. 61
Myth and literaturep. 79
Myth and psychologyp. 91
Myth and structurep. 113
Myth and societyp. 126
Conclusion: The future of the study of mythp. 137
Referencesp. 143
Indexp. 159
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