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Deals with the approaches to myth, from almost all the major disciplines, including science, religion, philosophy, literature, and psychology. Presenting a survey of the theorizing on myth, this book takes into account the work of prominent thinkers, such as Albert Camus, Claude Levi-Strauss, Roland Barthes, C G Jung, and Sigmund Freud.
Robert Segal lectures in the Department of Religious Studies, at Lancaster University, specialising in theories of myth, theories of religion, and gnosticism. He is the author of The Poimandres as Myth, Religion and the Social Sciences, Explaining and Interpreting Religion, Joseph Campbell, and Theorising about Myth (forthcoming). He has also edited numerous books, including The Gnostic Jung, The Allure of Gnosticism, The Myth and Ritual Theory, and Hero Myth Reader (forthcoming). He has also written the introduction to In Quest of the Hero.