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Description - Myth by Laurence Coupe

From Shakespeare's The Tempest to Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, from Coppola's Apocalypse Now to the Wachowski brothers' The Matrix, writers and film directors have made and remade 'myth'. Laurence Coupe not only offers students a comprehensive overview of the way that the concept of 'myth' has developed, but also shows how mythic themes, structures and symbols have persisted into literature and entertainment of the present day. This introductory volume: illustrates the relation between myth, culture and literature with discussions of poetry, fiction, film and popular song explores uses made of the term 'myth' within the fields of literary criticism, anthropology, cultural studies, feminism, Marxism and psychoanalysis discusses the association between modernism, postmodernism, myth and history familiarises the reader with themes such as the dying god, the quest for the grail, the relation between 'chaos' and 'cosmos', and the vision of the end of time demonstrates the growing importance of the green dimension of myth.Fully updated and revised in this new edition, Myth is a comprehensive introduction to one of the most important and fascinating aspects of cultural narrative, offering both a useful tool to students first approaching the topic and a valuable contribution to the study of myth itself.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415442848
ISBN-10: 0415442842
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 9-Dec-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Laurence Coupe

Laurence Coupe is Senior Lecturer in English at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is the author of Kenneth Burke on Myth (Routledge), Marina Warner (Northcote House) and Beat Sound, Beat Vision (MUP), and he is the editor of The Green Studies Reader (Routledge). For further information on this author please see

Books By Laurence Coupe

Beat Sound, Beat Vision by Laurence Coupe
Paperback, January 2011
Green Studies Reader by Laurence Coupe
Paperback, August 2000