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  • Taschenbuch: 163 Seiten
  • Verlag: Oxford University Press (8. Juli 2004)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0192803476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192803474
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17,3 x 1,3 x 10,9 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (1 Kundenrezension)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 91.723 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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The book provides a clear and insightful introduction to all the central theorists of myth...Robert Segal achieves a great deal in this short 150 page introduction to myth. It is a concise without being simplistic; intricate without being confusing; playful without being contrite - a must have on any student's (or indeed teacher's!) bookcase. Fiona Darroch, Literature and Theology It isn't often that you find a book that gives you a brief, intelligible way into an entire field of study, but in Myth: A Very Short Introduction, Robert A. Segal does it in style. As a reader, especially a student reader, you walk away feeling enlightened from the power dosage of knowledge. Journal of Folklore Research The book will prove a very valuable guide for anybody setting foot in this minefield of contradictory theorising. Jacqueline Simpson,The Folklore Society Segal constructs a concise, accessible, and comprehensive survey... this small format volume, just the right size to fit conveniently into a pocket, is clearly written and engaging. Recommended for both classrooms and pockets. Diane Jonte-Pace, Religious Studies Review What he achieves is part handy field guide, part playbook of holds for wrestling with this protean phenomenon, surprising for its exhaustiveness in impossibly tight quarters. Victor Faessel, Spring 76 Segal's writing is entirely lucid Laurence Phelan, Independent on Sunday

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This book is not about myths, but about approaches to myth, from all of the major disciplines, including science, religion, philosophy, literature, and psychology. The fate of the preternaturally beautiful Adonis is one of the main fables upon which Segal focuses, in an attempt to analyse the various different theories of myth. Where the theory does not work, he substitutes another myth, showing that, for all their claims to all-inclusiveness, certain theories, in fact, only apply to specific kinds of myths. A uniform set of questions is provided, to elucidate both the strengths and the weaknesses of the conjectures. A survey of the past 300 years of theorizing on myth, this book takes into account the work of such prominent thinkers as Albert Camus, Claude Levi-Strauss, Roland Barthes, C. G. Jung, and Sigmund Freud. Finally, Segal considers the future study of myth, and the possible function of myth in the world as the adult equivalent of play.

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2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von seskowi am 13. Februar 2005
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Robert A. Segals Abriss der Geschichte der westlichen Theorien über Mythen (u. v. a. Tylor, Campbell, Raglan, Eliade, Vidal-Naquet) ist teilweise sehr knapp ausgefallen (dementsprechend ist der Titel sprechenderweise "Myth - A Very Short Introduction"), andererseits fand ich darin viele stimulierende Gedanken. Segal definiert Mythos sehr grundlegend als ein Geschichte (story) über etwas Bedeutsames (significant), deren Hauptfiguren Persönlichkeiten sind, göttlich, menschlich oder sogar tierisch.
Er stellt berechtigterweise bei der Besprechung der unterschiedlichsten Theorien immer wieder die Frage, warum Mythen heute noch wichtige Bestandteile unserer Kultur sind, obwohl viele Theoretiker (insbesondere der viele andere Theoretiker inspirierende Pionier Tylor 1832-1917) die Mythen der vorwissenschaftlichen Ära zugeordnet haben. Insbesondere vertrat Tylor nicht nur die Ansicht, dass nur Primitive Mythen haben, sondern sogar, dass moderne Menschen nur wissenschaftlich denken.
Gut fand ich, dass neben Segals Interpretationen auch immer die Theoretiker selbst in absatzlangen Zitaten zu Wort kommen. Segal betrachtet, wie im Laufe der Zeit seit den bahnbrechenden Arbeiten Tylors die Theoretiker ihre Theorien immer weiter ausgebaut und an die menschliche Psyche angepasst haben. Je nach Ausgangspunkt des Theoretikers werden verschiedene Bereiche der menschlichen Kultur in Verbindung mit dem Mythos betrachtet: Wissenschaft, Philosophie, Religion, Ritual, Literatur; Psychologie, Strukturalismus, Gesellschaft.
Segals Antwort auf die Frage 'Was gewinnen wir modernen Menschen aus der Rezeption eines Mythos ?
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A study of study of myth 14. Oktober 2007
Von Peter Reeve - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Robert A Segal is Professor of Theories of Religion at the University of Lancaster, England, my Alma Mater, which has long had a very good reputation for Religious Studies. So it is not surprising that he is regarded as a foremost authority in his field, that of the history of myth scholarship. It is important to know that that is what this book is about -- it is not a book of myth, or even about myth, but a book about theories of myth. Put another way, it is a book not of myth scholarship, but about myth scholarship. That is an unusual subject, being two steps removed from its principal data, rather like a history of historiography. However, if the subject interests you, this is the book for you.

Segal examines approaches to myth in eight different contexts or disciplines: Science, philosophy, religion, ritual, literature, psychology, structuralism, and sociology. He uses the myth of Adonis, which he relates at the beginning of the book, as a subject for each theory he examines. This is both a strength and a weakness. The good thing is that it makes comparisons between theories more meaningful, the bad thing is that some theories just aren't appropriate to that particular myth. For the latter, Segal is reduced to saying something like, "It is not clear how this could be applied to Adonis". Perhaps not, but that does not mean the theory has no value. A more flexible approach, with two or three example myths, might have been better. Admittedly, he does also reference the Oedipus myth, where the theory in question explicitly concerns that.

In each of the eight sections, Segal lists some principal theorists, summarizes their theories in that particular area, and tests them against the Adonis myth. Naturally, several names recur in several different sections. After a half dozen or so thinkers, it gets a little bewildering, and you are not always going to remember who thought what. This would serve as an excellent reference work and springboard for further reading, but by itself is rather like a series of appetizers with no main course.

The book rather fizzles out at the very end. There is a short section at the end of the Myth and Society chapter which gives Segal's own interpretation of the Adonis myth, followed by a Conclusion on the future study of myth. None of this follows naturally from the rest of the book, and comes across as a determined attempt by the author, having spent so much time discussing other people's ideas, to get in some of his own. The Conclusion in particular, which likens movie stars to gods, is unconvincing, as it does not take into account how fans can turn on their idols, and relish having them torn to shreds in the gossip columns.

Despite those objections, there is a great weight of scholarship in this book, and if you are pursuing a thorough understanding of myth - its functions, origins and so on - then you will find it invaluable and probably indispensible.
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Excellent Brief Introduction to the Theoretical Explanation of Myths 9. Juli 2010
Von Dr. Thomas Ryba - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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In the main, I have found the Oxford short introductions very helpful. However, the authors in this series do not always manage to give the reader a good sense of how discussed theories are to be applied. This is manifestly not the problem with Robert Segal's Myth: A Very Short Introduction. In fact, I would say that this little volume is the very epitome that the authors of the upcoming very short introductions should emulate.

The special value of Segal's book is not only that he brings vast erudition to the composition of this work but that he is able to show it with clarity and brevity.

One of the features of the book that makes it a must purchase for those interested in myth is the breadth of the book. In one-hundred-sixty-three pages, Segal manages to cover all of the major schools of theories of myth and with a minimum of abstraction. But what is especially valuable about this survey is that he has applied the various theories discussed (literary, psychological, structuralist, and others) to a single constellation of myths, the Adonis cycle. One often finds applications of different theories to different myths--the equivalent of comparing nuts and berries to apples and oranges. One often wonders how they would stack up when competing to explain the same myth. Here, Segal has done much of that difficult work for the reader. This brilliant move is the rhetorical equivalent of the repetition of different explanations for the same phenomena. This demonstration, alone, is worth the price of the book.

Although accessible to a general audience, I would especially recommend this book for undergraduate students in myth studies courses, for graduate students preparing for their comprehensive examinations, and for academics wishing to brush-up on different approaches to myth.

Myth: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)Myths to Live ByI give it five stars.
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Informative Read 28. Mai 2011
Von Southern Belle - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The title of this book describes the content perfectly. I was writing a graduate school thesis and needed to quickly find information on various schools of thoughts and approaches to mythology. This book was exactly what I was looking for. The information is presented in a nice short and concise format that is still detailed enough that it can be used as a reference for research purposes. The text of the book is written so that it is easily understood by non-academics as well as scholars. This accessibility makes it a great read not only for researchers and students, but also for anyone interested in learning more about the study of mythology. My copy was closer in size to a smaller paperback novel than a typical analytical book. It fit easily into my purse and could easily be taken on summer trips to the beach or airplane vacations where luggage space is at a premium.
Too short for its own good. 24. April 2013
Von CNV - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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"A Very Short Introduction" is proper to have in the title, the booklet is extremely short. I had to read through this for a myth and folklore class I was taking this semester. The concepts and ideas in this "book" were half decent, but too much effort was put into keeping things short in comparison to actually fleshing out arguments or trying to make a point. For the most part every other paragraph is another's work, and subsequent or previous paragraphs were spent mostly introducing the author of the paragraph, rather than trying to connect or make any kind of argument using the given information. I know I could write a review book longer than the book itself about all of its issues, between: using the same essays across chapters and then re-interpreting them to mean entirely different things (personal pet peeve, I hate anyone who will take some source material and flip-flop how they want to interpret it), very little of Segal's own words, how much space is devoted to a sentence of one author, and then half a page is then used to cover three other authors with extremely different stances from one another, and putting an extremely heavy focus on Freud in the psychology section which led to a good chunk of that chapter focused entirely on myths being about Oedipus complexes and claims that all men always want to sleep with their mothers, and yeah. Like I said, there is potential with this book, but it is far too short for its own good, and some chunks could definitely be adjusted for better flow.
If your a teacher thinking of maybe having your kids read this book for class thinking, "Oh this will be a great way to get my students to think about the meanings behind myth." I would strongly suggest that you look somewhere else. This is horrible material on its own. If you find some solid stand alone material this book may get away as half decent supplement material, but on its own it has too many flaws that overpower its few useful features.
Overview of Theory of Myth 31. Dezember 2011
Von Will Jerom - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
This isn't a book about the world myths - religious or otherwise, it is a book about the theory and approach to understanding myth. If you go into this book with the latter expectation you will be satisfied. Segal gives a fairly short introduction to various theorists on myth, that offers a concise overview of modern ideas about the place of myth in human culture.
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