5. The History of the Study of the Hero

Explaining Myth - Robert A Segal

Robert A Segal [+-]
University of Aberdeen
Sixth Century Chair in Religious Studies 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).

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Segal, Robert. 5. The History of the Study of the Hero. Explaining Myth. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Oct 2021. ISBN 9781781798645. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=37559. Date accessed: 23 Oct 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.37559. Oct 2021

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