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Published: 23 July 2015

160 Pages | 9 black and white illustrations


ISBN: 9780198724704

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Myth: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

Robert Segal

Very Short Introductions

  • Looks at the origins of the study of myths, and how they have been applied to the arts and sciences
  • Reveals how a variety of theories can be applied to ancient myths, but also to modern mythology
  • Explores the function of myths, and their subject matter
  • Considers the work of prominent thinkers such as Albert Camus, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Roland Barthes, C. G. Jung, and Sigmund Freud
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over seven million copies sold worldwide

New to this Edition:

  • Considers myth as modern science, including 20th and 21st century attempts to find evidence of astronomical observations, of volcanoes, and of other natural disasters
  • Looks at myth as a story, by considering the latest approaches to narrative theory
  • Examines myth and its interaction with society, including nationalism and fascism
  • Explores the approaches of cognitive science to myth