When the Golden Bough Breaks - Structuralism or Typology?

Author(s): Peter Munz

Literature | New Zealand Literature

This original, provocative study, first published in 1973, presents a new method of interpretation of mythology, and reveals the wide-ranging implications of this universal phenomenon for many disciplines. The volume begins with a sympathetic but critical examination of L vi-Strauss's interpretation of mythology. Professor Munz points out the deficiencies in structuralist interpretations, and takes L vi-Strauss's neglect of the historicity of all myths as a starting-point for an alternative approach to mythology. Myths, he argues, come in typological series. If the whole series is read forward to the most specific version, the myths will reveal their inherent meaning typologically.

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Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9780710076502
  • : Routledge & Kegan Paul, Limited
  • : January 1973
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 158
  • : Peter Munz
  • : Hardback
  • : good