9780226482019

Theorizing Myth

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  • ISBN13:

    9780226482019

  • ISBN10:

    0226482014

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-04-03
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
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Summary

InTheorizing Myth,Bruce Lincoln traces the way scholars and others have used the category of "myth" to fetishize or deride certain kinds of stories, usually those told by others.He begins by showing thatmythosyielded tologosnot as part of a (mythic) "Greek miracle," but as part of struggles over political, linguistic, and epistemological authority occasioned by expanded use of writing and the practice of Athenian democracy. Lincoln then turns his attention to the period when myth was recuperated as a privileged type of narrative, a process he locates in the political and cultural ferment of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Here, he connects renewed enthusiasm for myth to the nexus of Romanticism, nationalism, and Aryan triumphalism, particularly the quest for a language and set of stories on which nation-states could be founded.In the final section of this wide-ranging book, Lincoln advocates a fresh approach to the study of myth, providing varied case studies to support his view of mythand scholarship on mythas ideology in narrative form.

Author Biography

Bruce Lincoln is professor of the history of religions at the University of Chicago.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
I: Mythos among the Greeks
The Prehistory of Mythos and Logos
3(16)
From Homer through Plato
19(28)
II: A Modern History of Myth
The History of Myth from the Renaissance to the Second World War
47(29)
Mr. Jones's Myth of Origins
76(25)
Nietzsche's ``Blond Beast''
101(20)
Dumezil's German War God
121(20)
III: New Directions
From the Second World War to the Present (and Possibly a Little Beyond)
141(19)
Plutarch's Sibyl
160(11)
Gautrek's Saga and the Gift Fox
171(12)
Once Again, the Bovine's Lament
183(9)
The Pandits and Mr. Jones
192(15)
Epilogue: Scholarship as Myth 207(10)
Notes 217(74)
Index 291

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