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Contents Acknowledgements ix Introduction 1 Chapter 1: The Absence of Myth 14 Which Myth? 24 Approaches to the Absence of Myth 31 The Refutation of Absence 33 Elizabeth Baeten: Myth as Mirroring Thought 33 Milton Scarborough: Myth as Overcoming Dualism 41 The Incorporation of Absence 46 Christine Downing and Adolf Guggenbühl-Craig: Myth as Psychological Method 46 Bruce Lincoln and Robert Ellwood: Myth as Ideology 52 The Necessity of Absence 57 Eric Gould: Myth as Language 57 David Miller and Joseph Campbell: Myth as Mythoclastic 63 The Simultaneous Acknowledgement and Discrediting of Absence 66 Wendy Doniger: Myth as a Tool Chapter 2: The Personalization of Myth 74 The Burden of Meaning 89 The Indiscriminate Hero 102 Self and Preservation 115 Chapter 3: The Lingering of Myth 129 From Myth to Mythopoesis 140 Metaphorical and Archetypal Myth 155 Simulated Myth 166 The Problem of the In-Between 175 Chapter 4: The Negation of Myth 187 God After "The Death of God" 187 Excursus on Deconstruction and Depth Psychology 191 Myth and Consciousness 202 Why Not Myth? 209 The Inessentiality of Myth 223 After Myth 235 Conclusion 245 Notes 257 Bibliography 278 Index 296
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