Table of Contents

PART I     Introduction to Studying Myth

  1. What Is Myth?
  2. Ways of Understanding Myth

PART 2     Myths of Creation and Destruction
PART 2A     Creation

  1. Greece: Hesiod
  2. Rome: Ovid
  3. The Bible: Genesis (Creation)
  4. Mesopotamia: Enuma Elish
  5. Icelandic/Norse: Prose Edda
  6. North America: Zuni, Hopi, Navajo
  7. Africa: Uganda and Nigeria
  8. China: Nü Kwa
  9. Mesoamerica: Popol Vuh


  1. Rome: Ovid (Flood)
  2. The Bible: Genesis (Flood)
  3. Icelandic/Norse: Prose Edda (Ragnarok)

PART 3     Heroes and Tricksters

  1. Theory: Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces—Dave Whomsley
  2. Mesopotamia: The Epic of Gilgamesh
  3. Applying Theory: A Lévi-Straussian Analysis of The Epic of Gilgamesh—G. S. Kirk
  4. India: The Ramayana
  5. Icelandic/Norse: Prose Edda
  6. Africa: The Mwindo Epic
  7. Greece: Oedipus the King—Sophocles
  8. Theory: The Structural Study of Myth—Claude Lévi-Strauss
  9. North America: Raven
  10. African and African-American Trickster Stories
  11. Greece: Prometheus
  12. Applying Theory: Different Versions of Myths

PART 4     Ritual and Myth

  1. Theory: The Forest of Symbols—Victor Turner
  2. Greece: Demeter and Persephone
  3. Egypt: Isis and Osiris
  4. Applying Theory: Meals in the Bible—Mary Douglas
  5. Icelandic/Norse: The Rituals of Iceland—H. R. E. Davidson
  6. Greece: Heracles and Dionysus

PART 5     Dreams and Myth

  1. Theory: Man and His Symbols—C. G. Jung
  2. Applying Theory: How to Perform a Jungian Analysis

PART 6     Folktale and Myth

  1. Theory: The Morphology of the Folktale—Vladimir Propp
  2. Applying Theory: A Proppian Analysis of The Wizard of Oz
  3. Germany: Grimms’ Household Tales
  4. Rome: "Cupid and Psyche"—Apuleius
  5. Applying Theory: Highlighting Different Aspects of the Same Tale Using Multiple Analyses

PART 7     Contemporary Myth

  1. Daniel Boone: Building the Myth around the Man
  2. Stagecoach and Firefl y: The Journey into the Unknown in Westerns and Science Fiction
  3. Harry Potter: A Rankian Analysis of the Hero of Hogwarts
  4. The Vampire as Hero: Tales of the Undead in a Contemporary Context—Eva M. Thury

PART 8     Literature and Myth

  1. Poetry and Myth
  2. "Yellow Woman": Native-American Oral Myth in Contemporary Context—Leslie Marmon Silko
  3. Narrative and Myth

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