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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 mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 3-Apr-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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