Myth: Its Meaning and Functions in Ancient and Other Cultures - G. S. (Geoffrey Stephen) KirkCambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1970, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Plain paper dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with creases to the head of the upper panel, further nicks and chips. First blank slightly damp-stained with the pastedown a little rippled. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise.
Number 40 in the series. Includes: List of abbreviations;
From the cover: “This book, developed out of the 1969 Sather lectures at Berkeley, California, faces a wide range of problems concerning the nature, meaning and functions of myths. Professor Kirk’s aim is to introduce a degree of coherence and of critical awareness into a subject that arouses profound interest today, but which for too long has been the target of excessive theorizing and interdisciplinary confusion between anthropologists, sociologists, classicists, philosophers and psychologists.
Professor Kirk begins by discussing the relation of myths to rituals and folktales, and the weakness of all universalist theories of function. He then subjects Levi-Strauss’s structuralist theory to an extended exposition and criticism; he considers the character and meaning of ancient Near-Eastern myths, their influence on Greece, and the special forms taken by Greek myths in their involvement with rational modes of thought, and finally, he assesses the status of myths as expressions of the unconscious, as elements of dreams, as universal symbols, as accidents along the way to some narrative objective. The result is a critical venture of the greatest significance into the history and philosophy of thought, imagination, symbol and society.”
Size: 9" x 6". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. In the Sather Classical Lectures series. (xii) 299 pages.