Myth

Myth PDF Author: Robert Ellwood
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1847062342
Category : Religion
Languages : en
Pages : 176

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Book Description
An accessible introduction to the complex topic of Myth. Ellwood examines theories, meanings and interpretations, all of which are structured around a typical programme of study.

Martin Buber on Myth (RLE Myth)

Martin Buber on Myth (RLE Myth) PDF Author: S. Daniel Breslauer
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317555988
Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 209

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Book Description
This book, first published in 1990, summarizes and evaluates the contribution of Martin Buber as a theorist of myth. Buber provides explicit guidelines for understanding and evaluating myths. He describes reality as twofold: people live either in a world of things, to which they relate as a subject controlling its objects, or in a world of self-conscious others, with whom one relates as fellow subjects. Human beings require both types of reality, but also a means of moving from one to the other. Buber understands myths as one such means by which people pass from I-It reality to I-You meeting. In studying myths, he focuses on the myths in the traditions he knows best, but offers his advice and interpretation of mythology and scholarship about mythology generally.

Myth and the Making of Modernity

Myth and the Making of Modernity PDF Author:
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004458514
Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 268

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The contributors to this collection of essays on the literary use of myth in the early twentieth century and its literary and philosophical precedents from romanticism onwards draw on a range of disciplines, from anthropology, comparative literature, and literary criticism, to philosophy and religious studies. The underlying assumption is that modernist myth-making does not retreat from modernity, but projects a mode of being for the future which the past could serve to define. Modernist myth is not an attempted recovery of an archaic form of life so much as a sophisticated self-conscious equivalent. Far from seeking a return to an earlier romantic valorizing of myth, these essays show how the true interest of early twentieth-century myth-making lies in the consciousness, affirmative as well as tragic, of living in a human world which, in so far as it must embody value, can have no ultimate grounding. Although myth may initially appear to be the archaic counterterm to modernity, it is thus also the paradigm on which modernity has repeatedly reconstructed, or come to understand, its own life forms. The very term myth, by combining, in its modern usage, the rival meanings of a grounding narrative and a falsehood, encapsulates a central problem of modernity: how to live, given what we know.

Rene Girard and Myth

Rene Girard and Myth PDF Author: Richard Golsan
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136763368
Category : Religion
Languages : en
Pages : 254

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Book Description
First published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Rationalizing Myth in Antiquity

Rationalizing Myth in Antiquity PDF Author: Greta Hawes
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199672776
Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 279

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Book Description
Based on the author's dissertation--University of Bristol, Jan. 2011.

The Venice Myth

The Venice Myth PDF Author: David Barnes
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317317505
Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 192

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Book Description
Venice holds a unique place in literary and cultural history. Barnes looks at the themes of war, occupation, resistance and fascism to see how the political background has affected the literary works that have come out of this great city. He focuses on key British and American writers, including Byron, Ruskin, Pound and Eliot.

The Myth of the Russian Intelligentsia

The Myth of the Russian Intelligentsia PDF Author: Inna Kochetkova
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135181810
Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 222

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Book Description
This book examines the phenomenon of the Russian intelligentsia as a cultural story or myth; it focuses on one of the most important and influential groups of Russian intellectuals – the 1960s generation or ‘Sixtiers’ – who devoted their lives to defending ‘socialism with a human face’, authored Perestroika, and were subsequently demonized when the reforms failed.

Myth and Mentality

Myth and Mentality PDF Author: Anna-Leena Siikala
Publisher: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura
ISBN: 9522228494
Category : Social Science
Languages : en
Pages : 317

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Book Description
The recent fascination in Finnish folklore studies with popular thought and the values and emotions encoded in oral tradition began with the realisation that the vast collections of the Finnish folklore archives still have much to offer the modern-day researcher. These archive materials were not only collected by scholars, but also by the ordinary rural populace interested in their own traditions, by performers and their audiences. With its myriad voices, this body of source material thus provides new avenues for the researcher seeking to penetrate popular thought. What does oral tradition tell us about the way its performers think and feel? What sorts of beliefs and ideas are transmitted in traditional songs and narratives? Perspectives from the study of mentalities and cultural cognition research provide a framework for investigating these issues. This collection of articles works from the premise that the cultural models which shape mentalities give rise to manifest expressions of culture, including folklore. These models also become embedded in the representations appearing in folklore, and are handed down from one generation to the next. The topics of the book cover age-old myths and world views, concepts of witchcraft and the Devil stretching back to the Middle Ages, and the values and collective emotions of Finnish and Hungarian agrarian communities.

The Myth of Religious Violence

The Myth of Religious Violence PDF Author: William T Cavanaugh
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199736645
Category : Religion
Languages : en
Pages : 296

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Book Description
The idea that religion has a dangerous tendency to promote violence is part of the conventional wisdom of Western societies, and it underlies many of our institutions and policies, from limits on the public role of religion to efforts to promote liberal democracy in the Middle East. William T. Cavanaugh challenges this conventional wisdom by examining how the twin categories of religion and the secular are constructed. A growing body of scholarly work explores how the category 'religion' has been constructed in the modern West and in colonial contexts according to specific configurations of political power. Cavanaugh draws on this scholarship to examine how timeless and transcultural categories of 'religion and 'the secular' are used in arguments that religion causes violence. He argues three points: 1) There is no transhistorical and transcultural essence of religion. What counts as religious or secular in any given context is a function of political configurations of power; 2) Such a transhistorical and transcultural concept of religion as non-rational and prone to violence is one of the foundational legitimating myths of Western society; 3) This myth can be and is used to legitimate neo-colonial violence against non-Western others, particularly the Muslim world.

Born in the U.S.A.: The Myth of American Popular Music from Colonial Times to the Present

Born in the U.S.A.: The Myth of American Popular Music from Colonial Times to the Present PDF Author: Timothy E. Scheurer
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
ISBN: 1604738073
Category : MUSIC
Languages : en
Pages : 293

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Book Description
This is the first study to explore fully the myth of America as reflected in the nation's popular music. Beginning with the songs of the Pilgrims and continuing through more than two centuries of history and music, Born in the U.S.A. shows the emerging American myth and gives a close reading of the compositions of songwriters as diverse as William Billings, Henry Clay Work, Irving Berlin, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen.So that the full and diverse narrative of this complex nation might be recorded, this insightful study is focused both upon the national myth and upon the songwriters and performers representing subcultures and alternative viewpoints that are the text of America's story. Through hymnlike paeans and through discordant lamentations protesting the realities of the contemporary workaday world, popular music is an astonishing mirror of American history.

Myth

Myth PDF Author: Robert Ellwood
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1847062342
Category : Religion
Languages : en
Pages : 176

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Book Description
An accessible introduction to the complex topic of Myth. Ellwood examines theories, meanings and interpretations, all of which are structured around a typical programme of study.

Martin Buber on Myth (RLE Myth)

Martin Buber on Myth (RLE Myth) PDF Author: S. Daniel Breslauer
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317555988
Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 209

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Book Description
This book, first published in 1990, summarizes and evaluates the contribution of Martin Buber as a theorist of myth. Buber provides explicit guidelines for understanding and evaluating myths. He describes reality as twofold: people live either in a world of things, to which they relate as a subject controlling its objects, or in a world of self-conscious others, with whom one relates as fellow subjects. Human beings require both types of reality, but also a means of moving from one to the other. Buber understands myths as one such means by which people pass from I-It reality to I-You meeting. In studying myths, he focuses on the myths in the traditions he knows best, but offers his advice and interpretation of mythology and scholarship about mythology generally.

Myth and the Making of Modernity

Myth and the Making of Modernity PDF Author:
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004458514
Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 268

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Book Description
The contributors to this collection of essays on the literary use of myth in the early twentieth century and its literary and philosophical precedents from romanticism onwards draw on a range of disciplines, from anthropology, comparative literature, and literary criticism, to philosophy and religious studies. The underlying assumption is that modernist myth-making does not retreat from modernity, but projects a mode of being for the future which the past could serve to define. Modernist myth is not an attempted recovery of an archaic form of life so much as a sophisticated self-conscious equivalent. Far from seeking a return to an earlier romantic valorizing of myth, these essays show how the true interest of early twentieth-century myth-making lies in the consciousness, affirmative as well as tragic, of living in a human world which, in so far as it must embody value, can have no ultimate grounding. Although myth may initially appear to be the archaic counterterm to modernity, it is thus also the paradigm on which modernity has repeatedly reconstructed, or come to understand, its own life forms. The very term myth, by combining, in its modern usage, the rival meanings of a grounding narrative and a falsehood, encapsulates a central problem of modernity: how to live, given what we know.

Rene Girard and Myth

Rene Girard and Myth PDF Author: Richard Golsan
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136763368
Category : Religion
Languages : en
Pages : 254

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Book Description
First published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Rationalizing Myth in Antiquity

Rationalizing Myth in Antiquity PDF Author: Greta Hawes
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199672776
Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 279

View

Book Description
Based on the author's dissertation--University of Bristol, Jan. 2011.

The Venice Myth

The Venice Myth PDF Author: David Barnes
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317317505
Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 192

View

Book Description
Venice holds a unique place in literary and cultural history. Barnes looks at the themes of war, occupation, resistance and fascism to see how the political background has affected the literary works that have come out of this great city. He focuses on key British and American writers, including Byron, Ruskin, Pound and Eliot.

The Myth of the Russian Intelligentsia

The Myth of the Russian Intelligentsia PDF Author: Inna Kochetkova
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135181810
Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 222

View

Book Description
This book examines the phenomenon of the Russian intelligentsia as a cultural story or myth; it focuses on one of the most important and influential groups of Russian intellectuals – the 1960s generation or ‘Sixtiers’ – who devoted their lives to defending ‘socialism with a human face’, authored Perestroika, and were subsequently demonized when the reforms failed.

Myth and Mentality

Myth and Mentality PDF Author: Anna-Leena Siikala
Publisher: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura
ISBN: 9522228494
Category : Social Science
Languages : en
Pages : 317

View

Book Description
The recent fascination in Finnish folklore studies with popular thought and the values and emotions encoded in oral tradition began with the realisation that the vast collections of the Finnish folklore archives still have much to offer the modern-day researcher. These archive materials were not only collected by scholars, but also by the ordinary rural populace interested in their own traditions, by performers and their audiences. With its myriad voices, this body of source material thus provides new avenues for the researcher seeking to penetrate popular thought. What does oral tradition tell us about the way its performers think and feel? What sorts of beliefs and ideas are transmitted in traditional songs and narratives? Perspectives from the study of mentalities and cultural cognition research provide a framework for investigating these issues. This collection of articles works from the premise that the cultural models which shape mentalities give rise to manifest expressions of culture, including folklore. These models also become embedded in the representations appearing in folklore, and are handed down from one generation to the next. The topics of the book cover age-old myths and world views, concepts of witchcraft and the Devil stretching back to the Middle Ages, and the values and collective emotions of Finnish and Hungarian agrarian communities.

The Myth of Religious Violence

The Myth of Religious Violence PDF Author: William T Cavanaugh
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199736645
Category : Religion
Languages : en
Pages : 296

View

Book Description
The idea that religion has a dangerous tendency to promote violence is part of the conventional wisdom of Western societies, and it underlies many of our institutions and policies, from limits on the public role of religion to efforts to promote liberal democracy in the Middle East. William T. Cavanaugh challenges this conventional wisdom by examining how the twin categories of religion and the secular are constructed. A growing body of scholarly work explores how the category 'religion' has been constructed in the modern West and in colonial contexts according to specific configurations of political power. Cavanaugh draws on this scholarship to examine how timeless and transcultural categories of 'religion and 'the secular' are used in arguments that religion causes violence. He argues three points: 1) There is no transhistorical and transcultural essence of religion. What counts as religious or secular in any given context is a function of political configurations of power; 2) Such a transhistorical and transcultural concept of religion as non-rational and prone to violence is one of the foundational legitimating myths of Western society; 3) This myth can be and is used to legitimate neo-colonial violence against non-Western others, particularly the Muslim world.

Born in the U.S.A.: The Myth of American Popular Music from Colonial Times to the Present

Born in the U.S.A.: The Myth of American Popular Music from Colonial Times to the Present PDF Author: Timothy E. Scheurer
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
ISBN: 1604738073
Category : MUSIC
Languages : en
Pages : 293

View

Book Description
This is the first study to explore fully the myth of America as reflected in the nation's popular music. Beginning with the songs of the Pilgrims and continuing through more than two centuries of history and music, Born in the U.S.A. shows the emerging American myth and gives a close reading of the compositions of songwriters as diverse as William Billings, Henry Clay Work, Irving Berlin, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen.So that the full and diverse narrative of this complex nation might be recorded, this insightful study is focused both upon the national myth and upon the songwriters and performers representing subcultures and alternative viewpoints that are the text of America's story. Through hymnlike paeans and through discordant lamentations protesting the realities of the contemporary workaday world, popular music is an astonishing mirror of American history.