Greek Mythology 5 Structures and Narrative Forms

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Structures and Narrative Forms How are stories told?
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Claude Levi Strauss Structuralist school of comparative mythology
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Mythologiques Four volume series tracing a single myth from the southern tip of south America up to the Artic Circle Articulation and demonstration of his shorter work The Savage Mind
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Carl Jung Student of Freud Developed the theory of structural archetypes Strong influence on Levi Strauss
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Mytheme The essential, unchanging center of a series of related myths Minimal unit that can be combined with numerous different mythemic structures ‘bundling’ » "If one wants to establish a parallel between
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Phoneme is the essential, smallest unit of sound Mytheme is then the essential, smallest unit of narrative
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“On the one hand it would seem that in the course of a myth anything is likely to happen. But on the other hand, this apparent arbitrariness is belied by the astounding similarity between myths collected in widely different regions. Therefore the problem: If the content of myth is contingent [i.e., arbitrary], how are we to explain the fact that myths throughout the world are so similar?”
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