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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, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Fourth editionView all editions and formats
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"Integrating original texts with explanations, interpretations, and theory, Introduction to Mythology: Contemporary Approaches to Classical and World Myths, Fourth Edition, introduces students to a wide range of myths drawn from sources all around the world and approached from various critical perspectives"--
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eva M Thury; Margaret Klopfle Devinney
ISBN: 9780190262983 0190262982
OCLC Number: 946109909
Description: 1 volume (various pagings) : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
Contents: Preface --
Time Line --
PART 1. INTRODUCTION TO STUDYING MYTH. What Is Myth? --
Ways of understanding myth --
PART 2. MYTHS OF CREATION AND DESTRUCTION. PART 2A. CREATION. Greece : Hesiod --
Rome : Ovid (creation) --
The Bible : Genesis (creation) --
Mesopotamia : Enuma Elish --
Icelandic/Norse : prose Edda (creation) --
North America : stories from the Zuni, Hopi, and Navajo (Southwest) and from the Iroquois League (Northeastern Woodlands) --
Africa : Uganda and Nigeria --
China : Nü Kwa, Kuan Yin and monkey --
Mesoamerica : Popol Vuh --
PART 2B. DESTRUCTION. Rome : Ovid (flood) --
The Bible : Genesis (flood) --
Icelandic/Norse : prose Edda (Ragnarok) --
PART 3. HEROES AND TRICKSTERS. Theory : Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces / Dave Whomsley --
Mesopotamia : the Epic of Gilgamesh --
Applying theory : A Lévi-Straussian Analysis of the Epic of Gilgamesh / G.S. Kirk --
India : the Ramayana --
Icelandic/Norse : prose Edda (heroes) --
Arthurian legend : the Holy Grail --
Africa: the Mwindo epic --
Greece : Oedipus the King / Sophocles --
Theory : "The Structural Study of Myth" / Claude Lévi-Strauss --
North America : Raven --
African and African-American trickster stories --
Greece : Prometheus --
Applying theory : different versions of myths --
PART 4. RITUAL AND MYTH. Theory : The Forest of Symbols / Victor Turner --
Greece : Demeter and Persephone --
Egypt : Isis and Osiris --
Applying theory : Meals in the Bible / Mary Douglas --
Icelandic/Norse : The Rituals of Iceland / H.R.E. Davidson --
Greece : Heracles and Dionysus --
PART 5. DREAMS AND MYTH. Theory : Man and His Symbols / C.G. Jung --
Applying theory : how to perform a Jungian analysis --
PART 6. FOLKTALE AND MYTH. Theory : The Morphology of the Folktale / Vladimir Propp --
Applying theory : A Proppian analysis of The Wizard of Oz --
Germany : Grimms' household tales --
Rome : "Cupid and Psyche" / Apuleius --
Applying theory : highlighting different aspects of the same tale using multiple analyses --
PART 7. CONTEMPORARY MYTH. Daniel Boone : building the myth around the man --
Stagecoach and firefly : the journey into the unknown in westerns and science fiction --
Harry Potter : a Rankian analysis of the Hero of Hogwarts --
The Vampire as Hero : Tales of the Undead in a Contemporary Context / Eva M. Thury --
PART 8. LITERATURE AND MYTH. Poetry and Myth --
"Yellow Woman" : Native-American Oral Myth in a Contemporary Context / Leslie Marmon Silko --
Narrative and myth --
Glossary of gods, heroes, and anti-heroes.
Responsibility: Eva M. Thury (Drexel University), Margaret K. Devinney (Temple University).

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