Approaches to Greek Myth

Approaches to Greek Myth

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Since the first edition of Approaches to Greek Myth was published in 1990, interest in Greek mythology has surged. There was no simple agreement on the subject of qmythq in classical antiquity, and there remains none today. Is myth a narrative or a performance? Can myth be separated from its context? What did myths mean to ancient Greeks and what do they mean today? Here, Lowell Edmunds brings together practitioners of eight of the most important contemporary approaches to the subject. Whether exploring myth from a historical, comparative, or theoretical perspective, each contributor lucidly describes a particular approach, applies it to one or more myths, and reflects on what the approach yields that others do not. Edmunds's new general and chapter-level introductions recontextualize these essays and also touch on recent developments in scholarship in the interpretation of Greek myth. Contributors are Jordi PAnmias, on the reception of Greek myth through history; H. S. Versnel, on the intersections of myth and ritual; Carolina LA³pez-Ruiz, on the near Eastern contexts; Joseph Falaky Nagy, on Indo-European structure in Greek myth; William Hansen, on myth and folklore; Claude Calame, on the application of semiotic theory of narrative; Christiane Sourvinou-Inwood, on reading visual sources such as vase paintings; and Robert A. Segal, on psychoanalytic interpretations.First, I would not (and did not) deny that the presence of the two patterns described by the myth and ritual theorists can actually ... Second, I do not doubt that there are myths that, in the final analysis, go back to some New Year scenario, or that there are ... To return to the Odysseus story, I, for one, think that an origin in some New Year scenario is less plausible than a ... Of course, whoever thinks all this much too vague and prefers to sit down and reread the Odyssey itself is right, too.

Title:Approaches to Greek Myth
Author:Lowell Edmunds
Publisher:JHU Press - 2014-09-03


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