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The Survival of Myth: Innovation, Singularity and Alterity

The Survival of Myth: Innovation, Singularity and Alterity (Hardback)

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What are myths and what are they for? Myths are stories that both tell us how to live and remind us of the inescapability and pull of the collective past. The Survival of Myth: Innovation, Singularity and Alterity explores the continuing power of primal stories to inhabit our thinking. An international range of contributors examine a range of texts and figures from the Bible to Cormac McCarthy and from Thor to the Virgin Mary to focus on the way that ancient stories both give access to the unconscious and offer individuals and communities personae or masks. Myths translated and recreated become, in this sense, very public acts about very private thoughts and feelings. The subtitle of the book, 'Innovation, Singularity and Alterity,' reflects the way in which the history of cultures in all genres is a history of innovation, of a search for new modes of expression which, paradoxically, often entails recourse to myth precisely because it offers narratives of singularity and otherness which may be readily appropriated.

The individual contributors offer testament to the continuing significance of myth through its own constant metamorphosis, as it both reflects and transforms the societies in which it is (re)produced.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismFiction companionsEssays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary reference worksLiterary companionsEssays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writersEssays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: c 1800 to c 1900Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: from c 1900 -Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesEthical issues & debatesEthical issues: censorshipPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groupsAge groupsAge groups: adolescentsPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groupsAge groupsAge groups: adultsPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groupsAge groupsAge groups: childrenPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groupsSocial groups: clubs & societiesPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial issues & processesConsumerismPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial issues & processesIllness & addiction: social aspectsDrug & substance abuse: social aspectsPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial issues & processesIllness & addiction: social aspectsHIV / AIDS: social aspectsPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial issues & processesPolitical correctnessPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial issues & processesSocial interactionPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSociologySocial theoryPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSociologySociology: work & labour Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing Publication Date: 17/06/2010 ISBN-13: 9781443821582  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Dr Paul Hardwick is Reader in English at Leeds Trinity and All Saints, UK. He is co-editor, with Sandra Hordis, of Medieval English Comedy (Brepols, 2007) and publishes widely on medieval art and literature, and nineteenth and twentieth century medievalisms. A monograph, English Misericords and the Margins of Meaning, is forthcoming from Boydell and Brewer. Dr David Kennedy is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Hull, UK. He is the author of Douglas Dunn (2008) and Elegy (Routledge New Critical Idiom, 2007). A study of ekphrasis in contemporary British poetry is forthcoming from Ashgate.

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