5. The History of the Study of the Hero
Robert A Segal [+]
University of Aberdeen
Together with creation myths hero myths are the most fully studied kind of myth. This chapter offers a detailed survey of the history of the study of hero myths and looks at those approaches to hero myths which give full-fledged theories: that is, offer generalizations about the origin and function of hero myths. Of the theorists considered, one is Freudian (Rank), one a Jungian (Campbell) and one a Frazerian (Lord Raglan).