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Integrating original texts with explanations, interpretations, and theory, Introduction to Mythology: Contemporary Approaches to Classical and World Myths, Third Edition, introduces students to a wide range of myths - drawn from sources all around the world - from various criticalperspectives. The third edition strengthens its global coverage with two new chapters: Chapter 11, "Mesoamerica," and Chapter 43, "The Vampire as Hero."
Table of Contents
PART I. INTRODUCTION TO STUDYING MYTH Introductory Overview 1. What is Myth? 2. Ways of Understanding Myth PART II. MYTHS OF CREATION AND DESTRUCTION Creation: Introductory Overview 3. Greece: Hesiod 4. Rome: Ovid 5. The Bible: Genesis (Creation) 6. Mesopotamia: Enuma Elish 7. Icelandic/Norse: Prose Edda 8. North America: Zuni, Hopi, Navaho 9. Africa: Uganda and Nigeria 10. China: Nu Kwa * 11. Mesoamerica: Popol Vuh Destruction: Introductory Overview 12. Rome: Ovid (Flood) 13. The Bible: Genesis (Flood) 14. Icelandic/Norse: Prose Edda (Ragnarok) PART III. HEROES AND TRICKSTERS Introductory Overview 15. Theory: Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces (Dave Whomsley) 16. Mesopotamia: The Epic of Gilgamesh 17. Applying Theory: A Levi-Straussian Analysis of the Epic of Gilgamesh (G. S. Kirk) 18. India: The Ramayana 19. Icelandic/Norse: Prose Edda 20. Africa: The Mwindo Epic 21. Greece: Sophocles, Oedipus the King 22. Theory: Claude Levi-Strauss, The Structural Study of Myth 23. North America: Raven 24. African and African-American Trickster Stories 25. Greece: Prometheus 26. Applying Theory: Different Versions of Myths PART IV. RITUAL AND MYTH Introductory Overview 27. Theory: Victor Turner, The Forest of Symbols 28. Greece: Demeter and Persephone 29. Egypt: Isis and Osiris 30. Applying Theory: Meals in the Bible (Mary Douglas) 31. Icelandic/Norse: The Rituals of Iceland (H. R. E. Davidson) 32. Greece: Heracles and Dionysus PART V. DREAMS AND MYTH Introductory Overview 33. Theory: C.G. Jung, Man and His Symbols 34. Applying Theory: How to Perform a Jungian Analysis PART VI. FOLKTALE AND MYTH Introductory Overview 35. Theory: Vladimir Propp, The Morphology of the Folktale 36. Applying Theory: A Proppian Analysis of The Wizard of Oz 37. Germany: Grimms' Household Tales 38. Rome: Apuleius' "Cupid and Psyche" 39. Applying Theory: Highlighting Different Aspects of the Same Tale Using Multiple Analyses PART VII. CONTEMPORARY MYTH Introductory Overview 40. Daniel Boone: Building the Myth Around the Man 41. Stagecoach and Firefly: The Journey into the Unknown in Westerns and Science Fiction 42. Harry Potter: A Rankian Analysis of the Hero of Hogwarts 43. The Vampire as Hero: Tales of the Undead in a Contemporary Context PART VIII. LITERATURE AND MYTH Introductory Overview 44. Poetry and Myth 45. Leslie Marmon Silko, "Yellow Woman" (Native-American Oral Myth in Contemporary Context) 46. Narrative and Myth