The Rise of Modern Mythology, 1680-1860

Paperback | April 22, 2000

byBurton Feldman, Robert D. RichardsonForeword byMircea Eliade

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"... peerless... " -The Key Reporter

"... this book is a first. It will be a standard... Comprehensiveness as well as the clarity of the headnotes should make it endure." -Choice

"... so good as it stands... one should simply be happy to have it." -The Journal of the History of Ideas

"... an original, compendious, and highly useful contribution to historical and mythographical scholarship." -The American Scholar

"The Rise of Modern Mythology is a voice of reason in the contemporary maelstrom of international religious violence and American pluralism; more than any book I know, it exposes the roots of the Western appropriation of non-Western mythologies, from Lawrence of Arabia and Omar Khayyam to Tibetan Buddhism in Hollywood and Krishna Consciousness in airports. This is a book that we need now." -Wendy Doniger, Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions, The University of Chicago

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"... peerless... " -The Key Reporter"... this book is a first. It will be a standard... Comprehensiveness as well as the clarity of the headnotes should make it endure." -Choice"... so good as it stands... one should simply be happy to have it." -The Journal of the History of Ideas "... an original, compendious, and highly useful contr...

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In this critical history of the rise and development of interest in myth from 1680 to 1860, sixty selections from authors of the period show how most of the current theories about myth were "anticipated, indeed proposed, debated, analyzed, and elaborated" during these years. The authors provide critical introductions with bibliographie...

Burton Feldman, Professor of English Emeritus at the University of Denver, has also taught at the University of Chicago and Hebrew University. He has contributed articles on 18th-19th century mythology to the Dictionary ofthe History of Ideas and The Encyclopedia of Religion, and (with Robert D. Richardson) has edited and introduced My...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:592 pages, 9.12 × 6.25 × 1.35 inPublished:April 22, 2000Language:English

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Table of Contents

Abridged Table of Contents

Foreword by Wendy Doniger
1972 Foreword by Mircea Eliade
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part One / The Earlier Eighteenth Century
Part Two / The Later Eighteenth Century
Part Three / The Nineteenth Century to 1860
Bibliography on Works on Myth, 1680-1860
Index
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"...a useful contribution to the history of myth scholarship in several scholarly traditions, ...this collection certainly deserves an audience among folklorists, anthropologists, and others in the humanities and social sciences who enjoy the mythology of myth in Western intellectual history". -- American Anthropologist