Myth: A Very Short Introduction


By 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.

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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

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