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Myth and Language explores the less universally accepted supposition that, particularly for the realm of literature, these two domains are necessarily interrelated. . . . Unlike previous studies of symbiosis, which have tended to neglect the importance of language, Myth and Language fully considers the influence of social context on the nature of literary language. Albert Cook begins his investigation into the relationship of myth and language with a critique of Levi-Strauss. . . .Another section traces the redefinition of the relationship of myth and language from the oral Greek culture of Homer to the development of the discrete forms of lyric poetry, philosophy, and historiography. A final section examines the necessary reliance of elementary literary forms–proverb, riddle, parable, metaphor–on the translation of mythic concerns into language. This book is a cogent argument for the dependence of literary expression on mythic formulations.

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  1. The Artstars
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  1. Frontmatter
  2. p. fm
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  1. Half Title
  2. pp. i-ii
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Myth, Symbolism, and Truth
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  1. The Eclipse of Solar Mythology
  2. pp. 15-38
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  1. Myth, Metaphor, and Simile
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  1. The Structural Study of Myth
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  1. The Personal use of Myth in Dreams
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  1. Myth and Ritual
  2. pp. 76-83
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  1. The Ritual view of Myth and the Mythic
  2. pp. 84-94
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  1. The Semantic Approach to Myth
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  1. Myths and Folktales
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  1. Backmatter
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253048585
MARC Record
OCLC
1259584552
Launched on MUSE
2021-07-11
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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