1st Edition

Myth, Society and Profanation

By William Pawlett Copyright 2025
    216 Pages
    by Routledge

    This work challenges the dominant pejorative view of myth by showing how myth is implicated in the deepest layers of society, politics, individuality and temporality.


    This work draws upon European cultural theorists, particularly Schelling, Nietzsche, Freud, Bataille and Baudrillard to challenge the dominant pejorative view of myth. It argues that myth has been subjected to a intensive process of profanation yet, nevertheless is always implicated  in society, politics and temporality. The work examines sacred dimensions of myth, the modern myth of desire and some cultural effects of the profanation process.


    The intended audience is undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.



    Chapter One: Myth, Society, (A)theogony


    Chapter Two: Left Pole of the Sacred


    Chapter Three: Society, Heterology and Transparency


    Chapter Four:  Profanations of Sex and Death


    Chapter Five:  After Profanation: myth and disappearance


    Concluding remarks






    William Pawlett is Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Wolverhampton, UK. He is author of Georges Bataille: The Sacred and Society, Violence, Society and Radical Theory and Jean Baudrillard: Against Banality.