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Myth and Meaning, Myth and Order [Hardcover]

By Stephen C. Ausband (Author)
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Language: English
Studio: Mercer University Press
Pages   124
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.3" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Dec 12, 1983
Publisher   Mercer University Press
ISBN  0865540896  
ISBN13  9780865540897  

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More About Stephen C. Ausband

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Stephen Conrad Ausband is Professor of English at Averett University. He is the author of "Outdoors Year Round: A Guide to Fishing and Hunting in Coastal Virginia and North Carolina,"" Myth and Meaning, Myth and Order," and of numerous articles for "Virginia Wildlife" and other publications.

Stephen C. Ausband was born in 1943.

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1Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > Mythology > General
2Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > Mythology
3Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > Folklore & Mythology
4Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Religious Studies > Comparative Religion
5Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Fairy Tales
6Books > Special Features > New & Used Textbooks > Humanities > English
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Myth and Meaning, Myth and Order  Jan 28, 2001
From a modern perspective that earns him a place among such contemporary mythologists as Joseph Campbell and Mircea Eliade, Prof. Ausband explores the collective national consciousness and ever-evolving "reinvention" of the American people, their ways of thinking about and explaining their world, and the relationship of those belief systems to belief systems of the past in a manner that is both accessible and entertaining. Far from nihilistic in outlook, he posits that we are not *without* myths, but *between* myths, and therefore between self-definitions, "--reaching sometimes backwards to what we thought we knew, sometimes forwards into what we do not yet know--in an effort to find stories that will define us to ourselves . . . . "In the meantime," he writes, "we create order as we can, watching ourselves and our world sometimes in broken bits and pieces of tales, as we might study our reflections in the pieces of a shattered mirror" (120). Vividly and almost conversationally, this short work provides an excellent analysis of the world-defining, world-ordering function of all dynamic mythologies, and an overview of the critical importance of mythology to human civilization.

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