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The Bloomsbury Reader in the Study of Myth
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The Bloomsbury Reader in the Study of Myth (Paperback)

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What is myth? Why do myths exist? What do myths do? Where are myths going?



This reader is organized into 4 parts which explore these questions. Drawing on over 10 years of experience teaching myth in religious studies and anthropology departments in the UK, USA and Continental Europe the editors have brought together key works in the theory of myth. Key features include:



- a general introduction to the reader that outlines a comparative and interpretative framework

- an introduction contextualizing each part and sub-section

- an introduction to each reading by the editors

- a companion website that provides discussion questions and further reading suggestions, including primary sources.



From functionalism to feminism, nationalism to globalization, and psychoanalysis to spatial analysis, this reader covers the classic and contemporary theories and approaches needed to understand what myth is, why myths exist, what they do, and what the future holds for them.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesAnthropologyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPopular beliefs & controversial knowledgeFolklore, myths & legendsReligion & Beliefs Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Publication Date: 22/08/2019 ISBN-13: 9781350082250  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Jonathan Miles-Watson is Associate Professor of the Anthropology of Religion at Durham University, UK. He is the author of Welsh Mythology: A Neo-structuralist Analysis (2009) and co-editor of both Ruptured Landscapes: Landscape and Identity in Times of Social Change (2015) and Theories of Religion: A Reader (2006). Vivian Asimos is a Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant in the Department of Religion and Theology at Durham University, UK.

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