Super Heroes

Here is a study of this superhuman creation, revealed as a proliferating symbol whose dimensions over sixty years of comic book history have been rendered to satisfy the demands and expectations of the popular audience.

Author: Richard Reynolds

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9780878056941

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 134

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The popular figure known as the superhero has exerted such a strong and mushrooming influence upon society, morality, and politics that a mythology now pervades our culture. This phenomenon, begun in the 1930s, had its roots in comic books. In recent times the extremely successful movies about Superman and Batman have made these two individual superheroes, created by the comic book muse, as familiar worldwide as any characters ever created. Here is a study of this superhuman creation, revealed as a proliferating symbol whose dimensions over sixty years of comic book history have been rendered to satisfy the demands and expectations of the popular audience. This fascinating book shows how the superhero has become a vivid figure in the mainstream of modern culture.

The Rise of Modern Mythology 1680 1860

Presents literary excerpts and readings which analyze and debate the origin, interpretation and validity of mythological theories In this critical history of the rise and development of interest in myth from 1680 to 1860, sixty selections ...

Author: Burton Feldman

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253201881

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 564

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Presents literary excerpts and readings which analyze and debate the origin, interpretation and validity of mythological theories

Modern Mythology

Modern Mythology INTRODUCTION REGENT MYTHOLOGY THE STORY OF
DAPHNE THE QUESTION OF ALLIES MANNHARDT PHILOLOGY AND
DEMETER ERINNYS TOTEMISM THE VALIDITY OF ANTHROPOLOGICAL
EVIDENCE ...

Author: Andrew Lang

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3748188951

Category: Social Science

Page: 226

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The archaeologist studies human life in its material remains; he tracks progress (and occasional degeneration) from the rudely chipped flints in the ancient gravel beds, to the polished stone weapon, and thence to the ages of bronze and iron. He is guided by material "survivals"-ancient arms, implements, and ornaments. The student of Institutions has a similar method. He finds his relics of the uncivilised past in agricultural usages, in archaic methods of allotment of land, in odd marriage customs, things rudimentary-fossil relics, as it were, of an early social and political condition. The archaeologist and the student of Institutions compare these relics, material or customary, with the weapons, pottery, implements, or again with the habitual law and usage of existing savage or barbaric races, and demonstrate that our weapons and tools, and our laws and manners, have been slowly evolved out of lower conditions, even out of savage conditions. The anthropological method in mythology is the same. In civilised religion and myth we find rudimentary survivals, fossils of rite and creed, ideas absolutely incongruous with the environing morality, philosophy, and science of Greece and India. Parallels to these things, so out of keeping with civilisation, we recognise in the creeds and rites of the lower races, even of cannibals; but there the creeds and rites are not incongruous with their environment of knowledge and culture. There they are as natural and inevitable as the flint-headed spear or marriage by capture. We argue, therefore, that religions and mythical faiths and rituals which, among Greeks and Indians, are inexplicably incongruous have lived on from an age in which they were natural and inevitable, an age of savagery.

modern mythology

... Goethe's Faust in the tub smoking judiciously the last of my reefer peeling back
foiled squares of holiday fudge I realize I must concoct mine own interpretation .
THE WRITER I will write a post-modern screenplay full of modern mythology.

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Modern Mythology

It may well be doubted whether works of controversy serve any useful purpose. ÔOn an opponent,Õ as Mr. Matthew Arnold said, Ôone never does make any impression,Õ though one may hope that controversy sometimes illuminates a topic in the ...

Author: Andrew Lang

Publisher: Library of Alexandria

ISBN: 146560099X

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Page: 212

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It may well be doubted whether works of controversy serve any useful purpose. ÔOn an opponent,Õ as Mr. Matthew Arnold said, Ôone never does make any impression,Õ though one may hope that controversy sometimes illuminates a topic in the eyes of impartial readers. The pages which follow cannot but seem wandering and desultory, for they are a reply to a book, Mr. Max MŸllerÕs Contributions to the Science of Mythology, in which the attack is of a skirmishing character. Throughout more than eight hundred pages the learned author keeps up an irregular fire at the ideas and methods of the anthropological school of mythologists. The reply must follow the lines of attack. Criticism cannot dictate to an author how he shall write his own book. Yet anthropologists and folk-lorists, ÔagriologistsÕ and ÔHottentoticÕ students, must regret that Mr. Max MŸller did not state their general theory, as he understands it, fully and once for all. Adversaries rarely succeed in quite understanding each other; but had Mr. Max MŸller made such a statement, we could have cleared up anything in our position which might seem to him obscure. Our system is but one aspect of the theory of evolution, or is but the application of that theory to the topic of mythology. The arch¾ologist studies human life in its material remains; he tracks progress (and occasional degeneration) from the rudely chipped flints in the ancient gravel beds, to the polished stone weapon, and thence to the ages of bronze and iron. He is guided by material ÔsurvivalsÕÑancient arms, implements, and ornaments. The student of Institutions has a similar method. He finds his relics of the uncivilised past in agricultural usages, in archaic methods of allotment of land, in odd marriage customs, things rudimentaryÑfossil relics, as it were, of an early social and political condition. The arch¾ologist and the student of Institutions compare these relics, material or customary, with the weapons, pottery, implements, or again with the habitual law and usage of existing savage or barbaric races, and demonstrate that our weapons and tools, and our laws and manners, have been slowly evolved out of lower conditions, even out of savage conditions.

Six Guns and Society a Structural Study of a Modern Myth

The meaning is entirely in the dynamic relation which simultaneously creates
several myths or parts of the same myth . ... Mythology occupies an intermediary
position between two diametrically opposed types of sign systems -- musical ...

Author: Will Henry Wright

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Sith Slayers Stargates Cyborgs

The authors in this volume deconstruct, discuss, engage, and interrogate the mythologies of the new millennium in science fiction fantasy texts.

Author: John R. Perlich

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9781433100956

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 218

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The beginning of the twenty-first century has already seen its fair share of modern myths with heroes such as Spider-Man, Superman, and Harry Potter. The authors in this volume deconstruct, discuss, engage, and interrogate the mythologies of the new millennium in science fiction fantasy texts. Using literary and rhetorical criticism - paired with philosophy, cultural studies, media arts, psychology, and communication studies - they illustrate the function, value, and role of new mythologies, and show that the universal appeal of these texts is their mythic power, drawing upon archetypes of the past which resonate with individuals and throughout culture. In this way they demonstrate how mythology is timeless and eternal.

Modern Mythology and Science

Modern physics has degenerated into mythology.

Author: Dan Brasoveanu

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595484999

Category: Science

Page: 96

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Modern physics has degenerated into mythology. Quantum mechanics (QM) is based on the assumption that "elementary" particles are truly fundamental. This assumption has been invalidated by numerous experiments. By interaction with other particles, quarks and other components of "elementary" particles are pulled apart or squeezed together. Due to such deformations, the complex structures called "elementary" particles accumulate internal energy, which is neglected in the entire Quantum Mechanics literature. Double slit experiments do not justify the abandonment of Classical Physics and the creation of Quantum Mechanics. The interference patterns, which supposedly demonstrate the unique nature of "elementary" particles, are faithfully reproduced with common objects. Correctly applied i.e., without neglecting internal energy, Classical Physics provides a deterministic and unitary description of virtually all quantum phenomena. Classical Physics also explains relativistic effects, i.e., mass increase, length contraction and time dilation without recourse to particular hypotheses like the existence of aether. The components of "elementary" particles are bound by cohesion forces propagating through quanta. The energy of quanta increases with particle velocity according to the Doppler Effect. As a result, the relativistic energy and mass of an "elementary" particle are proportional to the Lorentz factor. This mass increase causes length contraction and time dilation.

Literature and Film as Modern Mythology

Explores of the relationship between contemporary literature and film and the ancient myths of Greek, Celtic, Semitic, and Hindu origin.

Author: William K. Ferrell

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 9780275968137

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 216

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Explores of the relationship between contemporary literature and film and the ancient myths of Greek, Celtic, Semitic, and Hindu origin.

Modern Mythology

Humor is represented in "Olympus Lives" and in "Olympus Lives, Part II." Anachronism is depicted in the stories "Immoral Immortality," "The Seven Statues," "The Heroic Belt," "Greek Statutory Law" and in the very intriguing exploit ...

Author: Jay Dubya

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781618631312

Category: Fiction

Page: 298

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Modern Mythology is a collection of fifteen imaginative stories having mythological themes and also possessing interesting mythological allusions and characters. Humor is represented in "Olympus Lives" and in "Olympus Lives, Part II." Anachronism is depicted in the stories "Immoral Immortality," "The Seven Statues," "The Heroic Belt," "Greek Statutory Law" and in the very intriguing exploit "Mythology Economics." Conflict and action/adventure situations dominate the tales "The Amazon Sorority," "Perseus, II" and also "Twelve Modern Labors." The presentations "Excavations" and "Ice Ages" involve rather amazing archeological discoveries from ancient times. Finally, mystery and suspense can be found in "The Oracle," in "Marvelous Modern Mythology" and in the creative rendition "Accidental Coincidence."

Modern Mythology

Author: Lang Andrew

Publisher: Hardpress Publishing

ISBN: 9781318807512

Category:

Page: 204

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Unlike some other reproductions of classic texts (1) We have not used OCR(Optical Character Recognition), as this leads to bad quality books with introduced typos. (2) In books where there are images such as portraits, maps, sketches etc We have endeavoured to keep the quality of these images, so they represent accurately the original artefact. Although occasionally there may be certain imperfections with these old texts, we feel they deserve to be made available for future generations to enjoy.

Modern Mythology

The ugly scars were the problem!

Author: Andrew Lang

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Page: 218

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The ugly scars were the problem! A civilised fancy is not puzzled for a moment by abeautiful beneficent Sun-god, or even by his beholding the daughters of men thatthey are fair. But a civilised fancy is puzzled when the beautiful Sun-god makes lovein the shape of a dog. {5} To me, and indeed to Mr. Max Müller, the ugly scars werethe problem.He has written-'What makes mythology mythological, in the true sense of theword, is what is utterly unintelligible, absurd, strange, or miraculous.' But heexplained these blots on the mythology of Greece, for example, as the resultpractically of old words and popular sayings surviving in languages after theoriginal, harmless, symbolical meanings of the words and sayings were lost. Whathad been a poetical remark about an aspect of nature became an obscene, or brutal, or vulgar myth, a stumbling block to Greek piety and to Greek philosophy.To myself, on the other hand, it seemed that the ugly scars were remains of thatkind of taste, fancy, customary law, and incoherent speculation which everywhere, as far as we know, prevails to various degrees in savagery and barbarism. Attachedto the 'hideous idols, ' as Mr. Max Müller calls them, of early Greece, and implicatedin a ritual which religious conservatism dared not abandon, the fables of perhapsneolithic ancestors of the Hellenes remained in the religion and the legends knownto Plato and Socrates. That this process of 'survival' is a vera causa, illustrated inevery phase of evolution, perhaps nobody denies.Thus the phenomena which the philological school of mythology explains by adisease of language we would explain by survival from a savage state of society andfrom the mental peculiarities observed among savages in all ages and countries. Ofcourse there is nothing new in this: I was delighted to discover the idea in Eusebiusas in Fontenelle; while, for general application to singular institutions, it was acommonplace of the last century. {6a} Moreover, the idea had been widely used byDr. E. B. Tylor in Primitive Culture, and by Mr. McLennan in his Primitive Marriageand essays on Totemism.

Ink stained Amazons and Cinematic Warriors

In her new book, Stuller shows how the female hero in modern mythology has broken through the boy's club barrier of tradition and reveals the pivotal role of high-heeled crime fighters in popular culture.Featuring spies and sexuality, daddy ...

Author: Jennifer K. Stuller

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 0857713582

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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From "Wonder Woman" to Buffy Summers, Emma Peel to Sydney Bristow, "Charlie's Angels" to "The Powerpuff Girls", Superwomen are more than just love interests or sidekicks who stand by their Supermen. In her new book, Stuller shows how the female hero in modern mythology has broken through the boy's club barrier of tradition and reveals the pivotal role of high-heeled crime fighters in popular culture.Featuring spies and sexuality, daddy's girls and super-mothers, this is a comprehensive, engaging and thought-provoking guide to female detectives, meta-humans and action heroines, as well as their creators, directors, performers, and consumers. The book also includes a glossary of modern mythic women, from Aeon to Zoe, as well as a foreword by acclaimed cultural commentator Roz Kaveney, author of "Superheroes! Capes and Crusaders in Comics and Films" (published by I.B. Tauris, April 2008).

Modern Mythology

The ugly scars were the problem!

Author: Andrew Lang

Publisher:

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Page: 218

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The ugly scars were the problem! A civilised fancy is not puzzled for a moment by abeautiful beneficent Sun-god, or even by his beholding the daughters of men thatthey are fair. But a civilised fancy is puzzled when the beautiful Sun-god makes lovein the shape of a dog. {5} To me, and indeed to Mr. Max Müller, the ugly scars werethe problem.He has written-'What makes mythology mythological, in the true sense of theword, is what is utterly unintelligible, absurd, strange, or miraculous.' But heexplained these blots on the mythology of Greece, for example, as the resultpractically of old words and popular sayings surviving in languages after theoriginal, harmless, symbolical meanings of the words and sayings were lost. Whathad been a poetical remark about an aspect of nature became an obscene, or brutal, or vulgar myth, a stumbling block to Greek piety and to Greek philosophy.To myself, on the other hand, it seemed that the ugly scars were remains of thatkind of taste, fancy, customary law, and incoherent speculation which everywhere, as far as we know, prevails to various degrees in savagery and barbarism. Attachedto the 'hideous idols, ' as Mr. Max Müller calls them, of early Greece, and implicatedin a ritual which religious conservatism dared not abandon, the fables of perhapsneolithic ancestors of the Hellenes remained in the religion and the legends knownto Plato and Socrates. That this process of 'survival' is a vera causa, illustrated inevery phase of evolution, perhaps nobody denies.Thus the phenomena which the philological school of mythology explains by adisease of language we would explain by survival from a savage state of society andfrom the mental peculiarities observed among savages in all ages and countries. Ofcourse there is nothing new in this: I was delighted to discover the idea in Eusebiusas in Fontenelle; while, for general application to singular institutions, it was acommonplace of the last century. {6a} Moreover, the idea had been widely used byDr. E. B. Tylor in Primitive Culture, and by Mr. McLennan in his Primitive Marriageand essays on Totemism.

Inks

Mythology and Superheroes BY MARK DAVID NEVINS This essay is an analysis
of Super Heroes : A Modern Mythology ... in light of myth : how superhero comics
represent a sort of modern mythological system ; or how these comics fulfill the ...

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And Thereby Hangs a Tale

A Study of Myth in Modern Arabic Poetry Terri Lynn DeYoung. Notes to Pages 18
-21 says ... wholly agree in their opinions . " John Toland , " The Origin of Idolatry ,
and Reasons of Heathenism , " Rise of Modern Mythology 1680-1860 , p . 31 .

Author: Terri Lynn DeYoung

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Gods and Angels

Eros, the Greek god of love, spends his time matching mortals to their heart’s desires, all the while ignoring his own heart until he comes across Melina Caras.

Author: Alexis Kennedy

Publisher: Title Wave Publishing, LLC

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Category: Fiction

Page: 65

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Eros, the Greek god of love, spends his time matching mortals to their heart’s desires, all the while ignoring his own heart until he comes across Melina Caras. The innocent woman with a heart of gold deserves better than any mortal man he can find, so he seeks a demigod for her while fighting his own feelings and protecting her from Aphrodite’s wrath. Inside the fantasy realm of gods and monsters, Melina learns how wonderful it is to be loved by love itself.