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This book goes beyond a simple retelling of stories to explore the rich history and diverse interpretations of classical mythology. Examining how the myths are used and understood... Read more
This book goes beyond a simple retelling of stories to explore the rich history and diverse interpretations of classical mythology. Examining how the myths are used and understood in both high art and popular culture, it takes the reader from the bedrooms of Pompeii to skyscrapers in New York, and finds classical myths in a variety of unexpected places: from Arabic poetry and Hollywood films to psychoanalysis, the Bible, and New Age spiritualism.
Classical Mythology: A Very Short Introduction Paperback edition by Helen Morales
Foreword ; 1. Without bulls there would be no Europe ; 2. Contexts, then and now ; 3. Gods and heroes ; 4. Metamorphoses of mythology ; 5. On the analyst's couch ; 6. The sexual politics of myth ; 7. Mythology, spirituality, and the New Age ; Conclusion ; References and further reading ; Timeline
Helen Morales is University Lecturer and Director of Studies in Classics at Newnham College, Cambridge. She researches and teaches in Greek and Latin literature and culture, with special interests in classical mythology, the ancient novel, feminist approaches to literature, and the relationship between images and texts. She is the author of Vision and Narrative in Achilles Tatius' Leucippe and Clitophon' (Cambridge, 2004) and co-editor of
Intratextuality: Greek and Roman Textual Relations (Oxford, 2000).
Deals with the approaches to myth, from almost all the major disciplines, including science, religion, philosophy, literature, and psychology. Presenting a survey of the theorizing on myth, this book takes into account the work of prominent thinkers, such as Albert Camus, Claude Levi-Strauss, Roland Barthes, C G Jung, and Sigmund Freud.
Marina Warner guides us through the rich world of fairy tale, from Cinderella and Hansel and Gretel to Snow White and Pan's Labyrinth. Exploring pervasive themes of folklore, myth, the supernatural, imagination, and fantasy, Warner highlights the impact of the genre on human understanding, history, and culture.
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