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Introduction to mythology : contemporary approaches to classical and world myths

Author: Eva M Thury; Margaret Klopfle Devinney
Publisher: New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2005.
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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
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Eva M Thury; Margaret Klopfle Devinney
ISBN: 0195179684 9780195179682 019515889X 9780195158892
OCLC Number: 443601095
Description: XIV, 722 str. : ilustr. ; 25 cm
Contents: PART 1: Introduction to Studying Myth --
Chapter 1: What is Myth? --
Chapter 2: Ways of Understanding Myth --
PART 2A: Myths of Creation and Destruction --
Chapter 3: Greek Creation Stories --
Chapter 4: Ovid's Creation Story --
Chapter 5: Biblical Creation Stories --
Chapter 6: The Prose Edda's Creation Stories --
Chapter 7: Native American Creation Stories from the Southwestern United States --
Chapter 8: African Creation Stories --
PART 2B: Myths of Creation and Destruction --
Chapter 9: Ragnarok --
Chapter 10: Biblical Flood Stories --
Chapter 11: Ovid's Flood Story --
PART 3: Heroes and Tricksters --
Chapter 12: The Hero with a Thousand Faces / The book by Joseph --
Campbell, discussed by Dave Whomsley --
Chapter 13: The Epic of Gilgamesh --
Chapter 14: A Levi-Straussian Analysis of The Epic of Gilgamesh / G.S. Kirk --
Chapter 15: The Ramayana --
Chapter 16: Heroes in The Prose Edda / Snorri Sturluson --
Chapter 17: Oedipus the King / Sophocles --
Chapter 18: The Structural Study of Myth / Claude Levi-Strauss --
Chapter 19: Raven: a Native American Trickster --
Chapter 20: The Mwindo Epic --
Chapter 21: African and African-American Trickster Stories --
Chapter 22: Prometheus: The Greek Trickster --
Chapter 23: Looking Back at Heroes: The Different Versions of a Myth --
PART 4: Ritual and Myth --
Chapter 24: Ritual / Victor Turner --
Chapter 25: Demeter and Persephone: The Homeric Hymn to Demeter --
Chapter 26: Isis and Osiris --
Chapter 27: Deciphering a Meal / Mary Douglas --
Chapter 28: The Rituals of Northern Europe / H.R. Ellis Davidson --
Chapter 29: Heracles and Dionysus --
PART 5: Myths and Dreams --
Chapter 30: Man and his Symbols / C.G. Jung --
Chapter 31: How to Do a Perform a Jungian Analysis of a Myth or Fairytale --
PART 6: Folktale and Myth --
Chapter 32: The Morphology of the Folktale / Vladimir Propp --
Chapter 33: A Proppian Analysis of The Wizard of Oz --
Chapter 34: Household Tales / Wilhelm and Jakob Grimm --
Chapter 35: Cupid and Psyche / Apuleius --
Chapter 36: Using Multiple Analyses to Highlight Different Aspects of the Same Tale --
PART 7: Modern American Myths --
Chapter 37: A Study of the Construction of the Daniel Boone Myth --
Chapter 38: Star Trek and The X-Files: The Changing View of Science and Religion --
PART 8: Myth and Literature --
Chapter 39: Mythological Themes in Poetry --
Chapter 40: Mythological Themes in Native American Literature --
Chapter 41: Mythological Themes in Modern Narrative.
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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. In addition, 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 material from 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 and myth; 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 of terms 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.

Includes information on Aesir, Apollo, archetypes, Bible, Joseph Campbell, Chiron (Cheiron), Cinderella, Delphic oracle, Demeter, Eleusinian mysteries, Epic of Gilgamesh, Sigmund Freud, Genesis, Grimm Brothers, Hera (Juno), Heracles (Hercules), Hesiod, Iyangura, Carl Gustav Jung, Laios (Laius), Claude Levi-Strauss, Little One Just Born He Walked (Kabutwakenda), Nyanga people, Odin, Odysseus (Ulysses), Oral storytelling, Prometheus, Vladimir Propp, Otto Rank, Ravana, Raven, Rhea, ritual, self, shadow, Thor, Tubondo, Victor Turner, Utnapishtim, Valhalla, Vanir, Venus, Viking, Zeus, etc.

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