The Gernet Centre was founded as a place where the structural method could be applied to the classics. ‘Structuralists’ attribute the survival, origin and function of myths to common crosscultural factors they identify as ‘structures’. As this book, first published as The Structuralists on Myth in 1992 explains, these structures are bundles of information not obvious either to the narrator or to the listener. The bundles are collected features that reveal either the reasons for the survival of myths, or their origins, or their functions within their contexts. The structuralists consider themselves to have talents as the collectors from myths of these bundles of information.
1. The Structure of Myth 2. Barthes: Myth as Meaningful Form 3. Lévi-Strauss and the Problems of Oedipus 4. Vernant: A Logic of the Equivocal 5. Detienne: The Empirical Categories of Myth 6. Vidal-Naquet: A Factotum of History 7. Loraux: The Myths of Death and Life 8. Gernet’s Legacy: A French New Historicism. Conclusion. The Place of the Gernet Centre