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Alan Dundes defines myth as a sacred narrative that explains how the world and humanity came to be in their present form. This new volume brings together classics statements on the theory of myth by authors such as William Bascom, Jan de Vries, G. S. Kirk, James G. Frazer, Theodor H. Gaster, Mircea Eliade, Bronislaw Malinowski, C. G. Jung, and Claude Lévi-Strauss.Rather thAlan Dundes defines myth as a sacred narrative that explains how the world and humanity came to be in their present form. This new volume brings together classics statements on the theory of myth by authors such as William Bascom, Jan de Vries, G. S. Kirk, James G. Frazer, Theodor H. Gaster, Mircea Eliade, Bronislaw Malinowski, C. G. Jung, and Claude Lévi-Strauss.Rather than limiting this collection to classical Roman and Greek mythology, Dundes gives the book a worldwide scope. The twenty-two essays by leading experts on myth represent comparative functionalist, myth-ritual, Jungian, Freudian, and structuralist approaches to studying the genre....

Title : Sacred Narrative: Readings in the Theory of Myth
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ISBN : 9780520051928
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 352 Pages
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Sacred Narrative: Readings in the Theory of Myth Reviews

  • Jesse Whyte
    2019-05-01 00:48

    I'm really not crazy about most of these selections. Dundes needs to provide more commentary -- the selections only have the most rudimentary connections and he doesn't do enough to tie them together for me.

  • Carl
    2019-05-06 00:43

    I've actually only read parts of this book, but strongly recommend it as a collection of major (even watershed) writings in the field of "sacred folklore", or mythology. For example, you can find one of Levi-Strauss' early applications of Structuralist interpretation to Myth, or Dundes' own Earth-Diver analysis, which is, of course, Freudian (though Dundes was also a major force in bringing Structuralist interpretation to mainstream folklore studies). I also recommend Dundes' collection "International folkloristics", though I haven't been able to find that book on Good Reads-- I'll have to add it at some point.

  • Maya
    2019-05-01 21:52

    For a review of this book please check out Sacred Narrative on my blog.