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Poetics of Myth (Eleazar M Meletinsky) Hardcover Book, (Routledge, 1998) 9780815321347

Title: Poetics of Myth

Author: Meletinsky, Eleazar M

Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis; Publication Date: 1998

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780815321347

Volumes: 1; Pages: 520

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Eleazar Meletinsky considers myth the "prehistory" phase of literature. In The Poetics of Myth, he explores the mythological inheritance of specific images, myth as a form of oral literature, and the formulas and structure of myth as the basis for literature. Translated from the Russian, this version of his classic work has been edited to reinstate omissions due to political censorship.



Biographical Note

Preface to the Russian Edition (1976)

Pt. I Modern Theories of Myth and Approaches to Literature

Historical Overview

Remythification in Philosophy and in the Study of Culture

Ritualism and Functionalism

The French Sociological School

The Symbolic Theories

Analytical Psychology


Myth, Ritual, Archetypes, and Literary Criticism

Mythopoetics in Russian and Soviet Thought

Preliminary Conclusions

Pt. II The Classic Forms of Myth and Their Expression in Narrative Folklore

Preliminary Observations

The General Characteristics of Mythological Thought

The Functional Orientation of Myth

Mythical Time and Its Paradigms

Ancestors, Demiurges, Culture Heroes

Archaic Creation Myths

The Origins of Society

Chaos, Order, and the Creation of the Universe

The Cosmic Model

Seasonal Myths

Cosmic Cycles and the End of the Universe

Heroic Myths and Rites of Passage

The Semantics of Mythical Plots and Systems

Myth, Tale, Epic

Pt. III Mythification in Twentieth-Century Literature

Historical Introduction

The Mythological Novel in the Twentieth Century: Some Preliminary Observations

An Antithesis: Joyce and Mann

Kofka's Mythopoetics

Various Aspects of Mythification in the Contemporary Novel


Subject Index and Glossary

Index of Literary Works

Name Index

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