Myth: The New Critical Idiom

Topics: Mythology, Comparative mythology, James George Frazer Pages: 247 (89235 words) Published: May 19, 2013
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Second edition
Laurence Coupe offers students a comprehensive overview of the development of ‘myth’, showing how mythic themes, structures and symbols persist in literature and entertainment today. 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 familiarizes 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 both a concise introduction and a useful tool to students first approaching the topic, while also a valuable contribution to the study of myth. Laurence Coupe is Senior Lecturer in English at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is the author of Kenneth Burke on Myth (Routledge, 2005), Marina Warner (2006) and Beat Sound, Beat Vision (2007), and he is the editor of The Green Studies Reader (Routledge, 2000).


The New Critical Idiom is an invaluable series of introductory guides to today’s critical terminology. Each book: ● ● ●

provides a handy, explanatory guide to the use (and abuse) of the term; offers an original and distinctive overview by a leading literary and cultural critic; relates the term to the larger field of cultural representation.

With a strong emphasis on clarity, lively debate and the widest possible breadth of examples, The New Critical Idiom is an indispensable approach to key topics in literary studies. Also available in this series: The Author by Andrew Bennett Autobiography by Linda Anderson Adaptation and Appropriation by Julie Sanders Class by Gary Day Colonialism/Postcolonialism (Second edition) by Ania Loomba Comedy by Andrew Stott Crime Fiction by John Scaggs Culture/Metaculture by Francis Mulhern Difference by Mark Currie Discourse by Sara Mills Drama/Theatre/Performance by Simon Shepherd and Mick Wallis Dramatic Monologue by Glennis Byron Ecocriticism by Greg Garrard Elegy by David Kennedy Genders by David Glover and Cora Kaplan Genre by John Frow Gothic by Fred Botting Historicism by Paul Hamilton Humanism by Tony Davies Ideology by David Hawkes Interdisciplinarity by Joe Moran Intertextuality by Graham Allen Irony by Claire Colebrook Literature by Peter Widdowson Magic(al) Realism by Maggie Ann Bowers Memory by Anne Whitehead Metaphor by David Punter Metre, Rhythm and Verse Form by Philip Hobsbaum Mimesis by Matthew Potolsky Modernism by Peter Childs Narrative by Paul Cobley Parody by Simon Dentith Pastoral by Terry Gifford Performativity by James Loxley The Postmodern by Simon Malpas Realism by Pam Morris Rhetoric by Jennifer Richards Romance by Barbara Fuchs Romanticism by Aidan Day Science Fiction by Adam Roberts Sexuality by Joseph Bristow Stylistics by Richard Bradford Subjectivity by Donald E. Hall The Sublime by Philip Shaw The Unconscious by Antony Easthope

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Second edition

Laurence Coupe

First edition published 1997 by Routledge Second edition published 2009 by Routledge 2 Park Square, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 4RN Simultaneously published in the USA and Canada by Routledge 270 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016 Routledge is an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business

This edition published in the Taylor & Francis e-Library, 2008.

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