Mythic Thinking in Twentieth-Century Britain: Meaning for Modernity Matthew Sterenberg

ISBN: 9781137354969

Published: October 31st 2013

Hardcover

272 pages


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Mythic Thinking in Twentieth-Century Britain: Meaning for Modernity  by  Matthew Sterenberg

Mythic Thinking in Twentieth-Century Britain: Meaning for Modernity by Matthew Sterenberg
October 31st 2013 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 272 pages | ISBN: 9781137354969 | 6.53 Mb

Mythic Thinking in Twentieth-Century Britain is the first cultural and intellectual history of myth as a mode of thought in modern Britain. Focusing on the period 1900-1980, it examines how a variety of thinkers and cultural groups used the conceptMoreMythic Thinking in Twentieth-Century Britain is the first cultural and intellectual history of myth as a mode of thought in modern Britain. Focusing on the period 1900-1980, it examines how a variety of thinkers and cultural groups used the concept of myth to articulate their anxieties about modernity and seek meaning within it. Mythic thinking was thus a profoundly modern response to what W.H.

Auden called the modern problem - the erosion of traditional meaning-creating structures and institutions. This book tells the story of mythic thinking in Britain from its origins in late-Victorian social anthropology to its cultural mainstreaming in the postwar period. It is a story that reveals the persistence of yearning for transcendent meaning in age that has often been assumed by historians to be disenchanted and thoroughly secularized.



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