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Unformatted text preview: WHAT IS MYTH? G&RC 3001 / English 2014 Some attempts to define “Myth”: A. “Myth is a traditional tale with secondary, partial reference to something of collective importance” (W. Burkert). B. “[Myths are] traditional tales relevant to society” (J. Bremer). C. “A Greek myth is a set of multiforms or variants of the same story, which exist either as written texts, prose or verse, or in oral form, or in both written and oral form, or in vase painting or plastic art as well or independently. The story concerns the divine or the supernatural or the heroic or animals or paradigmatic humans living in a time undefinable by human chronology. Each retelling produces a new variant, which stands in some degree of antagonistic relation to other variants or other myths and thus takes its place in a system constituted by the proliferation of such relations” (L. Edmunds). D. “By myths I understand mistaken explanations of phenomena, whether of human life or of external nature. Such explanations “By myths I understand mistaken explanations of phenomena, whether of human life or of external nature....
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This note was uploaded on 05/07/2011 for the course GREEK AND 3001 taught by Professor Berman during the Fall '10 term at Temple.
- Fall '10