Laurence Coupe offers students a comprehensive overview of the development of myth, showing how mythic themes, structures and symbols persist in literature and entertainment today. This introductory volume:
- illustrates the relation between myth, culture and literature with discussions of poetry, fiction, film and popular song
- explores uses made of the term ‘myth’ within the fields of literary criticism, anthropology, cultural studies, feminism, Marxism and psychoanalysis
- discusses the association between modernism, postmodernism, myth and history
- familiarizes the reader with themes such as the dying god, the quest for the Grail, the relation between ‘chaos’ and ‘cosmos’, and the vision of the end of time
- demonstrates the growing importance of the green dimension of myth.
Fully updated and revised in this new edition, Myth is both a concise introduction and a useful tool to students first approaching the topic, while also a valuable contribution to the study of myth.
Table of Contents
Introduction Part I: Reading Myth 1.Order 2.Chaos 3.Endings Part II Mythic Reading 4.Truth 5.Psyche 6.History 7.Gaia Bibliography
About the Series
The New Critical Idiom is an invaluable series of introductory guides designed to meet the needs of today's students grappling with the complexities of modern critical terminology. Each book in the series provides:
- A clear, explanatory guide to the use (and abuse) of the term
- An original and distinctive overview by a leading literary and cultural critic
- Helpful definitions of the boundaries between the literary and non-literary
- Basic guidance for the introductory reader in how the term relates to the larger field of cultural representation
With a strong emphasis on clarity, lively debate and the widest possible breadth of examples, The New Critical Idiom is an indispensable guide to key topics in literary studies.
BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
- LITERARY CRITICISM / General
- LITERARY CRITICISM / Ancient & Classical
- LITERARY CRITICISM / Poetry