9780195158892

Introduction to Mythology Contemporary Approaches to Classical and World Myths

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    9780195158892

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    019515889X

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-12-27
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Introduction to Mythology: Contemporary Approaches to Classical and World Myths introduces students to a wide range of myths from various critical perspectives. Featuring original texts from sources around the world, it includes readings from Greek and Roman classics (by Homer, Hesiod, Ovid,and other writers); Nordic mythology (by Snorri Sturluson); Hindu culture (The Ramayana); and from such ancient works as The Epic of Gilgamesh and the Bible. Selections from Native-American sources and fairy tales and stories from Africa, Germany, and the United States are also included. Inaddition, authors Eva Thury and Margaret Devinney draw comparisons between classical myths and such contemporary cultural phenomena as The X Files, Star Trek, and Mother Goose. They also incorporate readings by Carl Jung, Levi-Strauss, Victor Turner, and other scholars who consider mythic materialfrom different analytical perspectives. Finally, works by Milton, Keats, Updike, and Joyce are presented as examples of modern literary texts with mythological roots. The selections are organized into seven topical sections: myths of creation and destruction; hero and trickster myths; ritual andmyth; myths and dreams; folktale and myth; modern American myths; and myths and literature. Introduction to Mythology: Contemporary Approaches to Classical and World Myths employs an innovative pedagogical structure to help students unravel the complex web of literary allusions often found in mythological texts. Extensive marginal notes provide cross-references and explanations ofterms and culture-specific concepts, while a glossary of deities, suggested readings for each chapter, and more than 200 illustrations, photographs, and maps further enhance the volume. Ideal for courses in classical and world mythology, this text can also be used in world culture, world literature,and comparative religion courses. An Instructor's Manual and a Student's Website featuring chapter objectives and summaries, key terms, study questions, self-tests, and off-site links of interest will accompany the book.

Table of Contents

Preface viii
PART 1 Introduction to Studying Myth
1(22)
What Is Myth?
3(13)
Ways of Understanding Myth
16(7)
PART 2A Myths of Creation and Destruction
23(74)
Greek Creation Stories
27(18)
Ovid's Creation Story
45(8)
Biblical Creation Stories
53(8)
The Prose Edda's Creation Stories
61(12)
Native American Creation Stories from the Southwestern United States
73(14)
African Creation Stories
87(10)
PART 2B Myths of Creation and Destruction
97(32)
Ragnarok
103(7)
Biblical Flood Stories
110(8)
Ovid's Flood Story
118(11)
PART 3 Heroes and Tricksters
129(244)
The Hero with a Thousand Faces: The book
135(8)
Joseph Campbell
Dave Whomsley
The Epic of Gilgamesh
143(31)
A Levi-Straussian Analysis of The Epic of Gilgamesh
174(12)
G. S. Kirk
The Ramayana
186(16)
Heroes in The Prose Edda
202(15)
Snorri Sturluson
Oedipus the King
217(52)
Sophocles
The Structural Study of Myth
269(19)
Claude Levi-Strauss
Raven: A Native American Trickster
288(12)
The Mwindo Epic
300(41)
African and African-American Trickster Stories
341(17)
Prometheus: The Greek Trickster
358(7)
Looking Back at Heroes: The Different Versions of a Myth
365(8)
PART 4 Ritual and Myth
373(110)
Ritual
379(14)
Victor Turner
Demeter and Persephone: The Homeric Hymn to Demeter
393(20)
Isis and Osiris
413(17)
Deciphering a Meal
430(13)
Mary Douglas
The Rituals of Northern Europe
443(19)
H. R. Ellis Davidson
Heracles and Dionysus
462(21)
PART 5 Myths and Dreams
483(34)
Man and His Symbols
487(19)
C. G. Jung
How to Perform a Jungian Analysis of a Myth or Fairy Tale
506(11)
PART 6 Folktale and Myth
517(76)
The Morphology of the Folktale
521(17)
Vladimir Propp
A Proppian Analysis of The Wizard of Oz
538(10)
Household Tales
548(19)
Wilhelm
Jakob Grimm
``Cupid and Psyche''---Apuleius
567(16)
Using Multiple Analyses to Highlight Different Aspects of the Same Tale
583(10)
PART 7 Modern American Myths
593(36)
A Study of the Construction of the Daniel Boone Myth
597(17)
Star Trek and The X-Files: The Changing Views of Science and Religion
614(15)
PART 8 Myth and Literature
629(78)
Mythological Themes in Poetry
637(20)
Mythological Themes in Native American Literature
657(13)
Mythological Themes in Modern Narrative
670(37)
Glossary of Gods, Heroes, and Antiheroes 707(6)
Art Credits 713(2)
Index 715

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