Myth

A Very Short Introduction, 2nd Edition

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Robert A. Segal
Very Short Introductions
  • Oxford, England: 
    Oxford University Press
    , September
     2015.
     176 pages.
     $11.95.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9780198724704.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.

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 Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Robert A. Segal taught at Lancaster University, before moving in 2006 to the University of Aberdeen, where he is Sixth Century Chair in Religious Studies. He teaches and writes on theories of myth and on theories of religion.

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