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The hero : a study in tradition, myth, and drama

Author: Raglan, Baron
Publisher: Mineola, N.Y. : Dover Publications, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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His mother is a virgin and he's reputed to be the son of a god; he loses favor and is driven from his kingdom to a sorrowful death — sound familiar? In The Hero, Lord Raglan contends that the heroic figures from myth and legend are invested with a common pattern that satisfies the human desire for idealization. Raglan outlines 22 characteristic themes or motifs from the heroic tales and illustrates his theory with  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Folklore
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Raglan, Baron
ISBN: 0486427080 9780486427089
OCLC Number: 51855155
Notes: Originally published: New York : Vintage Books, 1956, in series: Vantage books, K32.
Description: vi, 307 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Tradition : The basis of history --
The traditional pedigree --
Local tradition --
Robin Hood --
The Norse sagas King Arthur --
Hengist and Horsa --
Cuchulainn --
The tale of Troy --
Traditions of other lands --
pt. 2. Myth : The genesis of myth --
The folk-tale --
Myth and ritual --
Myth and ritual (continued) --
Myth and ritual --
the tale of Troy --
The hero --
The hero (continued) --
The hero (continued) --
Myth and the historic hero --
pt. 3. Drama : The basis of drama --
The language of the drama --
Age and time --
Dress and setting --
Shape-shifting and talking animals --
The royal hero --
The spielman --
The ritual drama --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Lord Raglan.
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His mother is a virgin and he's reputed to be the son of a god; he loses favor and is driven from his kingdom to a sorrowful death — sound familiar? In The Hero, Lord Raglan contends that the heroic figures from myth and legend are invested with a common pattern that satisfies the human desire for idealization. Raglan outlines 22 characteristic themes or motifs from the heroic tales and illustrates his theory with events from the lives of characters from Oedipus (21 out a possible 22 points) to Robin Hood (a modest 13). A fascinating study that relates details from world literature with a lively wit and style, it was acclaimed by literary critic Stanley Edgar Hyman as "a bold, speculative, and brilliantly convincing demonstration that myths are never historical but are fictional narratives derived from ritual dramas." This new edition of The Hero (which originally appeared some 13 years before Joseph Campbell's The Hero With a Thousand Faces) is assured of a lasting popularity. This book will appeal to scholars of folklore and mythology, history, literature, and general readers as well.

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