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Hero Myths: A Reader

Edited By: Robert A. Segal
Wiley-Blackwell / 1999 / Paperback

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Hero Myths provides a selection of more than twenty stories about heroes from around the world. Included are both non-Western and Western, female and male, ancient and modern, young and old, lowly and noble, and historical and fictional heroes. Failed heroes, absurd hereos, mad hereos, and comic heroes are also represented. In his extensive introduction, Robert A. Segal, a leading authority on theories of myth, presents an overview of the study of heroes. He outlines the most influential theories of hero myths from a variety of disciplines and shows how the theories of hero myths from a variety of disciplines and shows how the theories illuminate the myths. This Reader therefore serves not only as a sourcebook of representative myths, but also as a guide to their analysis.

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 300
Vendor: Wiley-Blackwell
Publication Date: 1999
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0631215158
ISBN-13: 9780631215158

Publisher's Description

Hero Myths: A Reader provides a selection of 25 stories about heroes from around the world.

Editorial Reviews

"This welcome book by an expert provides at last the text we have long needed for the multi-cultural and interdisciplinary lectures we are more and more required to offer. A lucid introduction, mercifully free from obscurantist jargon provides various contexts, historical, psychological, mythological and more in which we can explain the heroes." Professor William M. Calder III, University of Illinois, Champange

"This book is timely, necessary, innovative, and follows sound scholarly principles." Dan Ben-Amos, Professor of Folklore and Folklife, University of Pennsylvania

"This anthology will fill a gap, and will do so with distinction." Robert Ackerman, Director, Liberal Arts, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia

"Robert Segal's collection of readings offers us something towards understanding the genesis and range of the hero myth and therefore indirectly of analytical psychology ... Segal's book gives an introduction to the hero's 'thousand faces'." Journal of Analytical Psychology

"The selection of material that Segal brings together in this work is wide ranging. This book does what it sets out to do by providing a useful sourcebook for the growing variety of hero myth - a variety which is surely set to increase and develop in the years ahead." Journal of Contemporary Religion

"Eminently suitable for classroom use." Journal of American Folklore

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