A New Symposium
Distribution: World
Publication date: 10/29/2002
Format: Hardback 15 b&w photos, 2 figures, 1 index
ISBN: 978-0-253-34158-7
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Myth: A New Symposium offers a broad-based assessment of the present state of myth study. It was inspired by a revisiting of the influential mid-century work Myth: A Symposium (edited by Thomas Sebeok). A systematic introduction and 15 contributions from a wide spectrum of disciplines offer a range of views on past myth study and suggest directions for the future. Contributors blend theoretical analysis with richly documented historical, ethnographic, and literary illustrations and examples drawn from Native American, classical, medieval, and modern sources.

Author Bio

Gregory Schrempp is Associate Professor of Folklore and Ethnomusicology and Co-director of the Program in Mythology Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington.

William Hansen is Professor and Chair of Classical Studies, Professor of Folklore, and Co-director of the Program in Mythology Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington.

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Table of Contents


Introduction. Gregory Schrempp

I. Revisiting Myth: A Symposium
1. Meanings and Boundaries: Reflections on Thompson's "Myth and Folktales." William Hansen
2. From Expressive Language to Mythemes: Meaning in Mythic Narratives. John H. McDowell
3. David Bidney and the People of Truth. Gregory Schrempp

II. Myth & Ethnography
4. Germans and Indians in South America: Ethnography and the Idea of Text. Lúcia Sá
5. "Made from Bone": Trickster Narratives, Musicality, and Social Constructions of History in the Venezuelan Amazon. Jonathan D. Hill
6. Native American Reassessment and Reinterpretation of Myths. Barre Toelken

III. Myth & Historical Texts
7. Myth Read as History: Odin in Snorri Sturluson's Ynglinga saga. John Lindow
8. Myth and Legendum in Medieval and Modern Ireland. Joseph Falaky Nagy
9. The West and the People with Myth. Gordon Brotherston

IV. Myth & the Modern World
10. Myths of the Rain Forest/The Rain Forest as Myth. Candace Slater
11. Distempered Demos: Myth, Metaphor, and U.S. Political Culture. Robert L. Ivie

V. Myth & Visual Art
12. Imitation or Reconstruction: How Did Roman Viewers Experience Mythological Painting? Eleanor Winsor Leach
13. Mud and Mythic Vision: Hindu Sculpture in Modern Bangladesh. Henry Glassie

VI. Myth as Concept
14. Myth in Historical Perspective: The Case of Pagan Deities in the Anglo-Saxon Royal Genealogies. R. D. Fulk
15. Can Myth Be Saved? Gregory Nagy