PDF | On Aug 20, , Carole M Cusack and others published Eric Csapo, Theories of Mythology. Blackwell, Oxford, , pp. xiii + , ISBN Eric Csapo. Theories of Mythology has 68 ratings and 7 reviews. Sarah u said: Notes for me:I’ ve read several chapters of this work for my university studies. I am. Eric Csapo, Theories of Mythology. Blackwell, Oxford, , pp. xiii + , ISBN Eric Csapo, Theories of Mythology. Blackwell, Oxford, , pp. xiii +

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Ashley rated it liked it May 11, Freud and the Discovery of ymthology Unconscious. A Critique of Syntagmatic Structuralism. Cevat Sucu rated it really liked it Csalo 16, Rosalin rated it really liked it Oct 22, Darren rated it really liked it May 29, Email required Address never made public. Introduces the major theories of myth from the nineteenth century to the present day. Jay Fisher rated it it was amazing Jul 05, Chapter three talks about ritual theories which began with the discovery that myths held social functions.

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I’ve read several chapters of this work for my university studies. Contact Contact Us Help. His definition has the advantage of accommodating all stories usually identified as “myth,” accounting for the existence of variants of a myth the more important the myth, the more often it is retold; the more retellings, the more variantsand, most significantly, recognizing the crucial role myth plays in a society myth is a “function of social ideology” 9 ; it expresses a culture’s fears, desires, morals, and worldview, and as such, is more than simply an amusing story.


Megan RFA rated it liked it Oct 16, Despite the ease with which “myth” is used, it is not an easy concept to define. Lists with This Book. The only problem with this book is that it is insufferably dull. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

Psychoanalysis to Myth Analysis. Notify me of new comments via email. Freud in his Social and Theoretical Or. November 2, at 7: May 30, l. November 2, at He enlightens his deep understanding with wit and delight and a clear, lucent style. For Csapo, myth is “socially important narrative [that] is told in such a way as to allow the entire social collective to share a sense of this importance” 9with a sliding scale of “importance” allowing myth’s cousins, “legend” and “folktale,” to fit easily into this [End Page 65] definition.

The book is the most comprehensive of its kind – and the most useful.

Theories of Mythology by Eric Csapo

A Study in and of Comparison. Poststructualisms, Postmodernism, and Ideology. The people who developed these theories are Emile Durkhiem who replaced the Victorian anthropology with the new concept of Society.

Meredith rated it really liked it Feb 17, It is also an excellent resource for anyone interested in the academic study of myth. Book titles OR Journal titles. There is no satisfactory “one size fits all” definition, and myth textbooks in particular often simply resort to the customary definition of “traditional tale.

An Ideological Analysis of the Myth of Heracles. Kelly rated it it was amazing Aug 22, Supplies readers with the theoretical tools for imitating eachmethod. Each school of thought is represented by one or two key or founding figures. We had an excellent discussion on it in the seminar. Want to Read saving…. This image is far better suited to Csapo’s luminous guide through a forest difficult to see for the trees.


Finally, language in myth exhibits more complex functions than in any other linguistic expression. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.

Trivia About Theories of Mytho Would definitely not read it if it wasn’t required for the subject.

This book attempts and in my opinion succeeds in showing the development of the Theories of Myths as well as their relationship to each other and how one builds on the one that comes before it.

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Theories of Mythology by Eric Csapo

The chapter offers the story of how and by whom the method was devised and how the people who made use of it used it progressively.

It’s a good primer but the material doesn’t really interest me. In all theoriess, Csapo first clearly sets out the theory in question, uses it to explicate a myth, and discusses the school’s successes and shortcomings.

Saussure and Structural Linguistics.