When the Golden Bough Breaks: Structuralism or Typology?, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

When the Golden Bough Breaks

Structuralism or Typology?, 1st Edition

By Peter Munz


160 pages

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This original, provocative study, first published in 1973, presents a new method of interpretation of mythology, and reveals the wide-ranging implications of this universal phenomenon for many disciplines. The volume begins with a sympathetic but critical examination of Lévi-Strauss’s interpretation of mythology. Professor Munz points out the deficiencies in structuralist interpretations, and takes Lévi-Strauss’s neglect of the historicity of all myths as a starting-point for an alternative approach to mythology. Myths, he argues, come in typological series. If the whole series is read forward to the most specific version, the myths will reveal their inherent meaning typologically.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. A Critique of Structuralism 3. The Ambivalence of the Distinction Between Structuralism and Functionalism 4. The Phenomenon of Typology 5. The Opportunism of Structuralism 6. Typological Interpretation 7. Myths and Metaphysics 8. Metaphysics and Symbols 9. Symbols and Signs 10. Symbols and Psychology 11. The Truth Value of Symbols 12. The Equivalence of Symbols 13. Metaphors and Societies

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Anthropology of Religion

This collection of previously out-of-print titles brings togther some key texts from the early study of the anthropology of religion. An important reference collection, these books will prove invaluable to students of religion and anthropology.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / General