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Introduction to Mythology: Contemporary Approaches to Classical and World Myths
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Oxford Univ Pr
Publication date January 21, 2009
Pages 710
Binding Paperback
Edition 2
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780195332940
ISBN-10 0195332946
Dimensions 0.75 by 7.75 by 9.50 in.
Weight 3 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $84.95
Other format details university press
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Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: The only complete world mythology textbook available, Introduction to Mythology: Contemporary Approaches to Classical and World Myths, Second Edition, integrates original texts with explanations, interpretations, theory, and numerous pedagogical aids to introduce students to a wide range of myths from various critical perspectives. Featuring texts from sources around the world, it includes readings from Greek and Roman classics (by Homer, Hesiod, Ovid, and other writers); Nordic mythology (by Snorri Sturluson); Hindu culture (The Ramayana); Chinese mythology (Nü Kwa; new to this edition) and from such ancient works as The Epic of Gilgamesh, the Bible, and the Mesopotamian story of Enuma Elish (new to this edition). Selections from Native-American sources and folktales and stories from Africa, Germany, and the United States are also included. In addition, authors Eva Thury and Margaret Devinney draw comparisons between classical myths and such contemporary cultural phenomena as The X Files, Star Trek, Mother Goose, and, new to this edition, Harry Potter, Stagecoach, and Firefly. They also incorporate readings by Carl Jung, Claude Levi-Strauss, Victor Turner, and other scholars who consider mythic material from different analytical perspectives. Finally, traditional works by writers like John Milton and John Keats as well as those by contemporary authors like Anne Sexton, John Updike, Angela Carter, and James Joyce are presented as examples of literary texts with mythological roots.

Introduction to Mythology uses an innovative pedagogical structure to help students unravel the complex web of literary allusions often found in mythological texts:

Extensive marginal notes provide cross-references and explanations of terms and culture-specific concepts
A glossary of deities and suggested readings for each chapter offer students additional resources
An improved and refined art program features more than 200 illustrations, photographs, and maps
An illustrated timeline places the readings in relation to each other and to historical and cultural events and artifacts
A Student's Website contains chapter objectives and summaries, key terms, study questions, self-tests, and off-site links of interest
An Instructor's Manual includes key terms, pedagogical suggestions, study questions and projects, and sample objective test questions for each chapter

Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780195179682
 
from Oxford Univ Pr (December 27, 2004)
9780195179682 | details & prices | 722 pages | 7.75 × 9.25 × 1.00 in. | 3.10 lbs | List price $115.00
About: Introduction to Mythology: Contemporary Approaches to Classical and World Myths introduces students to a wide range of myths from various critical perspectives.
Paperback
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4th edition from Oxford Univ Pr (February 10, 2016)
9780190262983 | details & prices | 866 pages | 8.00 × 10.25 × 1.50 in. | 3.64 lbs | List price $99.95
About: Integrating original texts with explanations, interpretations, and theory, Introduction to Mythology: Contemporary Approaches to Classical and World Myths, Fourth Edition, introduces students to a wide range of myths drawn from sources all around the world and approached from various critical perspectives.
3 edition from Oxford Univ Pr (April 13, 2012)
9780199859238 | details & prices | 757 pages | 6.00 × 10.00 × 1.25 in. | 3.20 lbs | List price $99.95
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2 edition from Oxford Univ Pr (January 21, 2009)
9780195332940 | details & prices | 710 pages | 7.75 × 9.50 × 0.75 in. | 3.00 lbs | List price $84.95
About: The only complete world mythology textbook available, Introduction to Mythology: Contemporary Approaches to Classical and World Myths, Second Edition, integrates original texts with explanations, interpretations, theory, and numerous pedagogical aids to introduce students to a wide range of myths from various critical perspectives.
from Oxford Univ Pr (December 27, 2004)
9780195158892 | details & prices | 722 pages | 7.50 × 9.00 × 1.25 in. | 2.65 lbs | List price $79.95
About: Introduction to Mythology: Contemporary Approaches to Classical and World Myths introduces students to a wide range of myths from various critical perspectives.

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