From a myth criticism
point of view, the different contributions will hopefully increase the readers' appreciation of the everlasting power of myths.
In the decades since the waning of New Criticism, English professors have moved as systematic poachers from discipline to discipline, with uneven success (for instance, those in the 1950s who practiced "myth criticism
" by way of comparative anthropology found a good deal of wisdom to bestow; later practitioners, dallying with physics' chaos theory in the 1980s, generated mostly blather).
Part 1, "A Partial Canon of Star Trek Myth Criticism
," contains six previously published mainstays in Star Trek scholarship.
(To call him a "myth critic" in this situation is not much help, because what is usually referred to as "myth criticism
" is not what he practised.) Hence the reduction of his thought to a caricature of it that is common in treatments of Frye--an impulse that these scholars are too wise to indulge.
A specialist in mythology and myth criticism
, Partenheimer (English, Truman State U.) continues his abridged translation of German legal scholar, judge, and serious classical scholar Bachofen's (1815-87) account of women in the ancient world based on classical writings.
Thus, although in his 1957 Anatomy of Criticism Frye did employ Jungian terms and archetypal concepts, his approach should more appropriately be termed myth criticism
. Besides his focus, two factors distinguish Frye's approach from the archetypal angle.
Rafter uses a critical paradigm that employs binary oppositions, myth criticism
, and thematic insights within each of her chapters.
As the big systems lose out to such decentralizing guerrilla activity as this, French theory, plus Freud, emerges as the answer to German myth criticism
Thus, reversing Northrop Frye's definition of literature as "reconstructed myth," Ferrucci views myth as literature's primordial form, in accordance with some of the greatest contemporary scholars of myth criticism
Yet another symptom of the New Critical-historicist imbroglio - and the fact that both were interpretively running low on gas - was the increasing visibility of myth criticism
and the appearance of the first textbooks with openly billed structuralist assumptions.
In The Reception of Myth in English Romanticism Anthony John Harding seeks to revive a tradition of myth criticism
that fell out of favour sometime around 1970 because its practitioners assumed that some original or archetypal myth could be used as a key to interpreting a literary work, `when all that is available to us is...
The consequent effect of this view, however, is the attenuation of the movement Larry Neal once described as the era of "radical reordering" by enclosing it within a 1954-1975 time frame tentatively titled "The Age of Baldwin--The Existentialist Mode." This broader alignment, it appears, is not intended to dismiss or diminish the impact of the Black Arts Movement; rather, Karrer contends that the "theoretical shift from Black Aesthetics to the now dominant paradigm of myth criticism
did not go along with a similar shift in short story writing." He is not wrong in his view.