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Myth by Robert S. Ellwood


Myth by Robert S. Ellwood

Myth is a complex but vital component of an understanding of religion, and issues surrounding the modern discipline of mythology are often fraught with difficulty. In Myth: Key Concepts in Religion students will find all the tools they need to achieve an understanding of this complicated topic. Structured around a typical programme of study, Robert Ellwood's accessible introduction covers all the major theories concerning the meaning and interpretation of myth, from structuralist to psychoanalytic, and includes illustrative examples throughout, including modern literary and cinematic myths, from The Lord of the Rings to Star Wars.


'The clarity of writing is superb doubtless related to the sensitive perception of myth that indicates Ellwood's great familiarity with the subject ... A very gracious history of mythological studies is admirably brought in alongside the more general explications of types of myths, and historically important mythographers are introduced quite accessibly. The book will be a superb introduction to mythological studies for a long time to come.'
William G. Doty is Professor Emeritus at the University of Alabama


About the Author

Robert Ellwood was Professor of Religion at the University of Southern California from 1967 until his retirement in 1997. He is author or editor of over 25 books, including textbooks in world religions and religious studies, histories, and works on spirituality.

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Publication date

4th December 2008


Robert S. Ellwood

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Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


184 pages


Comparative religion
Aspects of religion (non-Christian)



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