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Introduction to Mythology

Contemporary Approaches to Classical and World Myths

Third Edition

Eva Thury and Margaret Devinney

Publication Date - April 2012

ISBN: 9780199859238

816 pages
Paperback
8 x 10 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $84.95

The only complete--and truly global--world mythology text

Description

Integrating original texts with explanations, interpretations, and theory, Introduction to Mythology: Contemporary Approaches to Classical and World Myths, Third Edition, introduces students to a wide range of myths drawn from sources all around the world and approached from various critical perspectives. The third edition strengthens its global coverage with two new chapters: Chapter 11, "Mesoamerica: Popol Vuh," and Chapter 43, "The Vampire as Hero: Tales of the Undead in a Contemporary Context."

An innovative pedagogical structure helps students students discern the complex web of literary allusions that characterize mythological texts.

New! A "Myths Across the World"
foldout map at the front of the text shows the regional distribution of all the myths discussed in the book

New! A global locator map at the beginning of each chapter situates the myths in their geographical context

Running margin notes provide cross-references and explanations of terms

A glossary of deities, an illustrated timeline, and suggested readings offer additional resources

A vibrant art program features more than 200 illustrations, photographs, and maps

SUPPLEMENTS

New! Now Playing: Learning Mythology Through Film (available in both student and instructor editions) is packaged at no extra charge with each new copy of this text. This concise print supplement provides synopses, recommended scenes, and discussion questions for more than thirty of the most commonly assigned films in world mythology classes. Qualified adopters can receive a Netflix subscription with their adoption.

An Instructor's Resource Manual
includes key terms, pedagogical suggestions, study questions and projects, and sample objective test questions for each chapter. The test questions are also available in a computerized format.

A Student's Website at www.oup.com/us/thury contains chapter objectives and summaries, key terms, study questions, self-tests, flashcards, and related links

New to this Edition

  • Two new chapters: One on the Popul Vuh (Chapter 11) and one on Vampires (Chapter 43)
  • Photo program has been updated
  • New full-color map feature at the start of the book that shows myth locations on the globe and thematic correlations.

Previous Publication Date(s)

January 2009
December 2004

Reviews

"I have been using this text since it was first published, and I think it's the best we've ever had for our course in World Mythology."--Angela Ruediger, Harrisburg Area Community College

"Introduction to Mythology does a really good job of balancing mythology with actual stories. The book is well organized, the margin notes are exceptionally relevant and helpful to students, and the text also includes excellent tables, photos, and a timeline."--Bruce Peppard, El Camino College

"This is the best anthology of myth and folklore that I have yet found at the survey level. It demonstrates that the study of myth and folklore is a serious endeavor and an on-going conversation among great thinkers."--Cynthia Kimball, Portland Community College

Table of Contents

    PART I. INTRODUCTION TO STUDYING MYTH
    Introductory Overview
    1. What is Myth?
    2. Ways of Understanding Myth
    PART II. MYTHS OF CREATION AND DESTRUCTION
    Creation: Introductory Overview
    3. Greece: Hesiod
    4. Rome: Ovid
    5. The Bible: Genesis (Creation)
    6. Mesopotamia: Enuma Elish
    7. Icelandic/Norse: Prose Edda
    8. North America: Zuni, Hopi, Navaho
    9. Africa: Uganda and Nigeria
    10. China: Nu Kwa
    * 11. Mesoamerica: Popol Vuh
    Destruction: Introductory Overview
    12. Rome: Ovid (Flood)
    13. The Bible: Genesis (Flood)
    14. Icelandic/Norse: Prose Edda (Ragnarok)
    PART III. HEROES AND TRICKSTERS
    Introductory Overview
    15. Theory: Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces (Dave Whomsley)
    16. Mesopotamia: The Epic of Gilgamesh
    17. Applying Theory: A Levi-Straussian Analysis of the Epic of Gilgamesh (G. S. Kirk)
    18. India: The Ramayana
    19. Icelandic/Norse: Prose Edda
    20. Africa: The Mwindo Epic
    21. Greece: Sophocles, Oedipus the King
    22. Theory: Claude Levi-Strauss, The Structural Study of Myth
    23. North America: Raven
    24. African and African-American Trickster Stories
    25. Greece: Prometheus
    26. Applying Theory: Different Versions of Myths
    PART IV. RITUAL AND MYTH
    Introductory Overview
    27. Theory: Victor Turner, The Forest of Symbols
    28. Greece: Demeter and Persephone
    29. Egypt: Isis and Osiris
    30. Applying Theory: Meals in the Bible (Mary Douglas)
    31. Icelandic/Norse: The Rituals of Iceland (H. R. E. Davidson)
    32. Greece: Heracles and Dionysus
    PART V. DREAMS AND MYTH
    Introductory Overview
    33. Theory: C.G. Jung, Man and His Symbols
    34. Applying Theory: How to Perform a Jungian Analysis
    PART VI. FOLKTALE AND MYTH
    Introductory Overview
    35. Theory: Vladimir Propp, The Morphology of the Folktale
    36. Applying Theory: A Proppian Analysis of The Wizard of Oz
    37. Germany: Grimms' Household Tales
    38. Rome: Apuleius' "Cupid and Psyche"
    39. Applying Theory: Highlighting Different Aspects of the Same Tale Using Multiple Analyses
    PART VII. CONTEMPORARY MYTH
    Introductory Overview
    40. Daniel Boone: Building the Myth Around the Man
    41. Stagecoach and Firefly: The Journey into the Unknown in Westerns and Science Fiction
    42. Harry Potter: A Rankian Analysis of the Hero of Hogwarts
    43. The Vampire as Hero: Tales of the Undead in a Contemporary Context
    PART VIII. LITERATURE AND MYTH
    Introductory Overview
    44. Poetry and Myth
    45. Leslie Marmon Silko, "Yellow Woman" (Native-American Oral Myth in Contemporary Context)
    46. Narrative and Myth

Teaching Resources

  • New! Now Playing: Learning Mythology Through Film (available in both student and instructor editions) is packaged at no extra charge with each new copy of this text. This concise print supplement provides synopses, recommended scenes, and discussion questions for more than thirty of the most commonly assigned films in world mythology classes. Qualified adopters can receive a Netflix subscription with their adoption.
  • An Instructor's Resource Manual includes key terms, pedagogical suggestions, study questions and projects, and sample objective test questions for each chapter. The test questions are also available in a computerized format.
  • A Student's Website at www.oup.com/us/thury contains chapter objectives and summaries, key terms, study questions, self-tests, flashcards, and related links
  • Introduction to Mythology, Third Edition, is also available as a CourseSmart Ebook: 978-0-19-986280-1.  Please contact your Oxford University Press Sales Representative at 800.280.0280 for more information.