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Introduction to Mythology: Contemporary Approaches to Classical and World Myths

Thury, Eva M.; Devinney, Margaret K.

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The only complete world mythology textbook available, Introduction to Mythology: Contemporary Approaches to Classical and World Myths, Second Edition, integrates original texts with explanations, interpretations, theory, and numerous pedagogical aids to introduce students to a wide range of myths from various critical perspectives. Featuring 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); Chinese mythology (Nü Kwa; new to this edition) and from such ancient works as The Epic of Gilgamesh, the Bible, and the Mesopotamian story of Enuma Elish (new to this edition). Selections from Native-American sources and folktales 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, Mother Goose, and, new to this edition, Harry Potter, Stagecoach, and Firefly. They also incorporate readings by Carl Jung, Claude Levi-Strauss, Victor Turner, and other scholars who consider mythic material from different analytical perspectives. Finally, traditional works by writers like John Milton and John Keats as well as those by contemporary authors like Anne Sexton, John Updike, Angela Carter, and James Joyce are presented as examples of literary texts with mythological roots.

Introduction to Mythology uses 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
A glossary of deities and suggested readings for each chapter offer students additional resources
An improved and refined art program features more than 200 illustrations, photographs, and maps
An illustrated timeline places the readings in relation to each other and to historical and cultural events and artifacts
A Student's Website contains chapter objectives and summaries, key terms, study questions, self-tests, and off-site links of interest
An Instructor's Manual includes key terms, pedagogical suggestions, study questions and projects, and sample objective test questions for each chapter

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Eva M. Thury is at Drexel University. Margaret K. Devinney is at Temple University.

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Book Description Oxford University Press, 2009. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Preface Acknowledgments Time Line PART 1. INTRODUCTION TO STUDYING MYTH 1. What Is Myth? 2. Ways of Understanding Myth PART 2. MYTHS OF CREATION AND DESTRUCTION PART 2A. MYTHS OF CREATION 3. Greek Creation Stories 4. Ovid's Creation Story 5. Biblical Creation Stories 6. Enuma Elish: A Mesopotamian Creation Story 7. The Prose Edda's Creation Stories 8. Native American Creation Stories from the Southwestern United States 9. African Creation Stories 10. Nu Kwa: A Chinese Creator Goddess PART 2B. MYTHS OF DESTRUCTION 11. Ovid's Flood Story 12. Biblical Flood Stories 13. Ragnarok PART 3. HEROES AND TRICKSTERS 14. The Hero with a Thousand Faces: The book by Joseph Campbell, discussed by David Whomsley 15. The Epic of Gilgamesh 16. A Levi-Straussian Analysis of the Epic of Gilgamesh--G.S. Kirk 17. The Ramayana 18. Heroes in the Prose Edda--Snorri Sturluson 19. Oedipus the King--Sophocles 20. The Structural Study of Myth--Claude Levi-Strauss 21. Raven: A Native American Trickster 22. The Mwindo Epic 23. African and African-American Trickster Stories 24. Prometheus: The Greek Trickster 25. Looking Back at Heroes: The Different Versions of a Myth PART 4. RITUAL AND MYTH 26. Ritual--Victor Turner 27. Demeter and Persephone: The Homeric Hymn to Demeter 28. Isis and Osiris 29. "Deciphering a Meal"--Mary Douglas 30. The Rituals of Northern Europe--H.R. Ellis Davidson 31. Heracles and Dionysus PART 5. MYTHS AND DREAMS 32. Man and His Symbols--C.G. Jung 33. How to Perform a Jungian Analysis of a Myth or Fairy Tale PART 6. FOLKTALE AND MYTH 34. The Morphology of the Folktale--Vladimir Propp 35. A Proppian Analysis of The Wizard of Oz 36. Household Tales--Wilhelm and Jakob Grimm 37. Cupid and Psyche--Apuleius 38. Using Multiple Analyses to Highlight Different Aspects of the Same Tale PART 7. MYTH IN A CONTEMPORARY CONTEXT 39. A Study of the Construction of the Daniel Boone Myth 40. Stagecoach and Firefly: Science Fiction and the Journey into the Unknown 41. Harry Potter: A Rankian Tale on the Hero of Hogwarts PART 8. MYTH AND LITERATURE 42. Mythological Themes in Poetry 43. Mythological Themes in Native American Literature 44. Mythological Themes in Modern Narrative Glossary of Gods, Heroes, and Antiheroes Additional Works Cited Art Credits Index. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0195332946

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