Sacred Narrative: Readings in the Theory of Myth

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Alan Dundes
University of California Press, Nov 15, 1984 - Literary Criticism - 352 pages
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 LÚvi-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.
 

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A collection of essays on the theory behind the study of mythology, covering the definition of myth, different ways to analyze them, and several analyses of various myths using some of these methods ... Read full review

Contents

Theories Concerning
30
The Problem of Defining Myth lauri honko
41
On Defining Myths G s kirk
53
Myth J w rogerson
62
The Fall of Man jamesg fRAzer
72
The Truth of Myth RAeeaele pettazzoni
98
Myth and Story THeodorh GASTER
110
Cosmogonic Myth
137
The CulturalHistorical
182
The Role of Myth in Life bronislaw malinowski
193
The Mythic ERIC DARDEL
225
The Psychology of the Child Archetype C G JUNG
244
The Story of Asdiwal Claude levistRAuss
295
The World Conception
315
The Myth of Washington DorOThea wender
336
Index
349

The Creation Myths
166

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Alan Dundes is Professor of Anthropology and Folklore, University of California, Berkeley, and author of numerous books on folklore, including La Terra in Piazza: An Interpretation of the Palio of Siena (California, 1975, 1982).

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