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Theorizing Myth
By Bruce Lincoln

Theorizing Myth

Narrative, Ideology and Scholarship

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Theorizing Myth by Bruce Lincoln

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In "Theorizing Myth", Bruce Lincoln traces the way scholars and others have used the category of "myth" to fetishize or deride certain kinds of stories, usually those told by others. He begins by showing that "mythos" yielded to "logos" not as part of a (mythic) "Greek miracle", but as part of struggles over political, linguistic, and epistemological authority occasioned by expanded use of writing and the practice of Athenian democracy. Lincoln then turns his attention to the period when myth was recuperated as a privileged type of narrative, a process he locates in the political and cultural ferment of the 18th and 19th centuries. Here, he connects renewed enthusiasm for myth to the nexus of Romanticism, nationalism and Aryan triumphalism, particularly the quest for a language and set of stories on which nation-states could be founded. In the final section of this book, Lincoln advocates a fresh approach to the study of myth, providing varied case studies to support his view of myth - and scholarship on myth - as ideology in narrative form.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226482026
ISBN-10: 0226482022
Format: Paperback
(230mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 17-Apr-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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Between History and Myth by Bruce Lincoln Between History and Myth, Hardback (September 2014)

Among those institutions most in need of an impressive creation account is the state: it's one of the primary ways states attempt to legitimate themselves. Using the story of how Harald Fairhair unified Norway in the ninth century, the author illuminates the way a state's foundation story blurs the distinction between history and myth.

Gods and Demons, Priests and Scholars by Bruce Lincoln Gods and Demons, Priests and Scholars, Paperback (May 2012)

Assembles a collection of essays that both illustrates and reveals the benefits of his methodology, making a case for a critical religious studies that starts with skepticism but is neither cynical nor crude. This book tackles many questions central to religious study.

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