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Email required Address never made public. The book is the most comprehensive of its kind – and the most useful. Muller used it by applying linguistics, James Frazier compared myths to myths and rites to rites since he had no theorifs in linguistics. Saussure and Structural Linguistics.

Preview — Theories of Mythology by Eric Csapo. In all chapters, Csapo first clearly sets out the theory in question, uses it to explicate a myth, and discusses the school’s successes and shortcomings.

Aurore rated it liked it Jan 08, I look forward to more. This was a good survey of the various approaches to the study of mythology. Daniel Kenefick rated it it was amazing Oct 15, Jane Harrison and Ritualism.

Tallulah rated it really liked it Apr 05, May 30, l. For example, chapter 2 provides a good general overview of psychoanalysis for the nonspecialist, while chapter 5 contains a clear and readable, and even jargon-free, introduction to Saussurean linguistics. The discussion on this mytology in the first chapter is very interesting and takes your mind on an amazing trip.

While Csapo’s study is aimed at a general audience it is part csapi Blackwell’s “Ancient Culture” series which surveys key themes from antiquityit if offers much to a specialized audience.


It has its origin in the time when the Europeans were expanding their empires and finding new cultures and people. It mythologt an extremely lucid introduction to theories of myth and is accessible to those with no prior knowledge. Myths like the ones associated with Prometheus, the Medusa, Perseus, and Oedipus were discussed from the point of view of Psychology, also concepts like ambivalence, totemism, taboo and social relations.

Theories of Mythology by Eric Csapo

The chapter mainly used Freud theories and put theores into context with myths. Darren rated it really liked it May 29, This made it hard to get through. Aug 12, Maya rated it really csspo it Shelves: December 28, at Although the book contains more theory than an introductory myth class needs or wantsit would make a good text for advanced classes in either classical or comparative mythology.

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You are commenting using your Twitter account. He is the author and editor of numerous books and articles on ancient Greek drama, theatre, myth, religion, and society, including The Contexts of Ancient Drama co-edited, This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Meaning is not isolated within the specific fundamental parts of the myth, but rather within the theoreis of these parts. View freely available titles: 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.


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 mytholoby before it. Csapo attempts to solve this problem with a new definition, and his definition has much merit. Want to Read saving…. Jay Fisher rated it it was amazing Jul 05, From these suggestions, he draws the conclusion that myth can be broken down into constituent units, and these units are differ from the constituents of language.

Finally, language in myth exhibits more complex functions than in any other linguistic expression. Their theories are explained, placed in their social and historical contexts, and problemized. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

Theories of Mythology

The theory itself did not and indeed could not take root until the Europeans realized that their culture is not the absolute culture that everything must be compared against but rather that it is just one of many.

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Please check out my in depth review of theoties book on my blog: Theories of Mythology provides students with both a historyof theories of myth and a practical ‘how-to’ guide tointerpreting myth, the most elementary form of narrative.