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Description - The Rise of Modern Mythology, 1680-1860 by Burton Feldman

Since 1972, the post-colonial critique has taught students of mythology what Feldman and Richardson already knew: that Europeans had complex investments in the mythologies that they "discovered" during this period, and that to understand what we now think we know about mythology we have to examine the lenses that those Europeans provided for us to look through when we read Greek or Hindu sources. These lenses were invisible to us until anthropologists like Claude Levi-Strauss and Clifford Geertz, critics like Michel Foucault and Edward Said, and mythologists like Roland Barthes, Jonathan Z. Smith and Bruce Lincoln made us aware of them. Now that we have them, we can appreciate all the more, and with a newly suspicious hermeneutic, the sources that Feldman and Richardson collected for us.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780253201881
ISBN-10: 0253201888
Format: Paperback
(232mm x 159mm x mm)
Pages: 592
Imprint: Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publish Date: 22-Apr-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Burton Feldman

Burton Feldman, Professor of English Emeritus at the University of Denver, has also taught at the University of Chicago and Hebrew University. He has contributed articles on 18th-19th century mythology to the Dictionary ofthe History of Ideas and The Encyclopedia of Religion, and (with Robert D. Richardson) has edited and introduced Myth and Romanticism, a 50-volume set of sources for English Romantic writers.Robert D. Richardson, Jr. is an independent scholar and literary biographer who currently divides his time between Middletown, Connecticut, Key West, and Cape Cod. He has taught at Harvard, the University of Denver, theUniversity of Colorado, Queens College and the Graduate Center of CUNY, Sichuan University in China, Yale, and Wesleyan. He is author of Literature and Film, Myth and Literature in the American Renaissance, Henry Thoreau: A Life of the Mind, and Emerson: The Mind on Fire. He edited (with Allen Mandelbaum) Three Centuries of American Poetry and is working on a biography of William James.

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