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Introduction to Mythology: Contemporary Approaches to Classical and World Myths 3rd Edition
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Aside from Greek, Old Testament, and Japanese myths, I had had but incidental contact with the mythology of other cultures, and therefore came away with a much broader background, since the book covers myths from most of the world’s regions and cultures.
The book is more an anthology than an authored work. The “authors” have—appropriately—compiled the works and analyses of specialists, which they preface with their—often unnecessary and always prolix—introductory remarks and marginal explanations.
Part of what drives this is the authors’ agenda: they are rabid feminists, and this bias is evident and irritating. The frequent unidiomatic “she or he,” remarks that amount to encouraging the reader to accept women as real people, and the preponderance of female sources cause the reader to wonder if the scholarship is exhaustive and believable. This “rub the reader’s nose in it” grade-school taunting both diminishes the authors (better, editors) and distracts the reader. Here is a typical example: “[E]ach teller stresses those events and characteristics that are most meaningful for her and her audience, and she glosses over or leaves out what is not valued or not understood by her audience.Read more ›
And the rental price was great! Overall very happy
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Had my state been given the option to rent the textbook, I would have given it a different review.Published 18 months ago by Kedzie