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Myth: A Very Short Introduction
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MYTH: A VERY SHORT INTRODUCTION

PAPERBACK BY SEGAL, ROBERT (SIXTH CENTURY CHAIR IN RELIGIOUS STUDIES, UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN)

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ISBN
9780198724704
IMPRINT
OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
 
 
EDITION
2ND REVISED EDITION
PUBLISHER
OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
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FORMAT
PAPERBACK
PAGES
160 pages
PUBLICATION DATE
23 JUL 2015

DESCRIPTION

Where do myths come from? What is their function and what do they mean? In this Very Short Introduction Robert Segal introduces the array of approaches used to understand the study of myth. These approaches hail from disciplines as varied as anthropology, sociology, psychology, literary criticism, philosophy, science, and religious studies. Including ideas from theorists as varied as Sigmund Freud, Claude Levi-Strauss, Albert Camus, and Roland Barthes, Segal uses the famous ancient myth of Adonis to analyse their individual approaches and theories. In this new edition, he not only considers the future study of myth, but also considers the interactions of myth theory with cognitive science, the implications of the myth of Gaia, and the differences between story-telling and myth. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a

CONTENTS

Introduction: Theories of myth ; 1. Myth and science ; 2. Myth and philosophy ; 3. Myth and religion ; 4. Myth and ritual ; 5. Myth and literature ; 6. Myth and psychology ; 7. Myth and structure ; 8. Myth and politics ; Conclusion: bringing myth back to the world ; References