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The Bloomsbury Reader in the Study of Myth

Editat de Jonathan Miles-Watson, Vivian Asimos
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What is myth? Why do myths exist? What do myths do? Where are myths going? This reader is organized into 4 parts which explore these questions. Drawing on over 10 years of experience teaching myth in religious studies and anthropology departments in the UK, USA and Continental Europe the editors have brought together key works in the theory of myth. Key features include: - a general introduction to the reader that outlines a comparative and interpretative framework - an introduction contextualizing each part and sub-section - an introduction to each reading by the editors - a companion website that provides discussion questions and further reading suggestions, including primary sources. From functionalism to feminism, nationalism to globalization, and psychoanalysis to spatial analysis, this reader covers the classic and contemporary theories and approaches needed to understand what myth is, why myths exist, what they do, and what the future holds for them.
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ISBN-13: 9781350082250
ISBN-10: 1350082252
Pagini: 320
Dimensiuni: 169 x 244 x 24 mm
Greutate: 0.54 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Bloomsbury Academic
Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom


Fills the gap for an anthology on theories of myth that draws on a range of classic and contemporary texts, from a balanced range of approaches

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Jonathan Miles-Watson is Associate Professor of the Anthropology of Religion at Durham University, UK. He is the author of Welsh Mythology: A Neo-structuralist Analysis (2009) and co-editor of both Ruptured Landscapes: Landscape and Identity in Times of Social Change (2015) and Theories of Religion: A Reader (2006). Vivian Asimos is a Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant in the Department of Religion and Theology at Durham University, UK.


Acknowledgements In Search of Mythology, Jonathan Miles-Watson and Vivian AsimosPart One: What is Myth ?Locating the Field, Jonathan Miles-Watson and Vivian Asimos 1. A Two-Dimensional Scheme for the Classification of Narratives, C. Scott Littleton2. The Idea of Folklore, Daniel Ben Amos3. Myth in Primitive Society, Bronislaw Malinowski Part Two: Why do Myths Exist?Section A: Global Theories of MythAre All Myths the Same? Jonathan Miles-Watson and Vivian Asimos 1. Balder and the Mistletoe, James Frazer2. The Myth of the Birth of the Hero, Otto Rank3. The Historical Development of Mythology, Joseph CampbellSection B: Myth and Dreams(Dis)Embodied Mythology, Jonathan Miles-Watson and Vivian Asimos 1. Flying Saucers: a modern myth, Carl Gustav Jung2. The Vampire as a Blood Thirsty Revenant, Alan Dundes3. More than Stories, More than Myth, Amba SepieSection C: Myth and History The Search for Truth, Jonathan Miles-Watson and Vivian Asimos1. Myth and Reality, Mercia Eliade 2. The Original Elements of Mythology, Max Muller 3. Cú Chulainn's Women and some Indo-European Comparisons, Nicholas Allen Part Three: What do Myths Do?Section A: Structuralist ApproachesMyth and Meaning, Jonathan Miles-Watson and Vivian Asimos1. Jewels and Wounds, Claude Lévi-Strauss 2. Pulleyar and the Lord Buddha, Edmund Leach 3. An Outline of Propp's Model for the Study of Wondertales, Manuel Aguirre Section B: Neostructuralist Approaches Beyond Binaries, Jonathan Miles-Watson and Vivian Asimos1. We Think What We Eat, Seth Kunin 2. The Gun and the Bow, Stephen Hugh-Jones 3. The Meaning of Myth, Mary Douglas Section C: Spatial Theories From Page to Place, Jonathan Miles-Watson and Vivian Asimos1. Myth Memory and the Oral Tradition, Frances Harwood 2. Implicit Mythology in the Shimla Hills, Jonathan Miles-Watson 3. Stone-Faced Ancestors: The Spatial Anchoring of Myth in Wamira, Miriam KhanPart Four: Where are Myths GoingSection A: Myths and Popular CultureWhat Good Are Old Stories? Jonathan Miles-Watson and Vivian Asimos1. Amateur Mythographies, Ika Willis 2. Storm Power, an Icy Tower and Elsa's Bower, Lauren Dundes, Madeline Streiff and Zachary Streiff 3. Science Fiction as Mythology, Marilyn Sutton and Thomas Sutton Section B: The Future of MythologyMythological Terminalia, Jonathan Miles-Watson and Vivian Asimos1. Does Myth have a Future? Robert Segal Copyright AcknowledgementsIndex


Miles-Watson and Asimos (both, Durham Univ., UK) offer a rich collection of readings to aid in the study of "the origin, form, function, and future of mythology" (p. 3) . Appropriate for those new to mythology and for those teaching it, this reader will be an invaluable tool for study of mythology. Summing Up: Essential. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates; faculty.
This is a judicious, thoughtful and well-balanced selection of scholarly studies on mythology. The editors include classic essays by famous thinkers, as well as synopses and critiques from a contemporary standpoint. They also helpfully organize the volume into clusters that provide robust intellectual and pedagogical guidelines for teachers and students.
This is an eminent collection on myth and the study of it - with breadth and variety. The contributions range from the indispensable classic must-reads to new, creative and constructive submissions to the ongoing discussions in a notoriously complicated field in the humanities.