Responses to MYTH (1997)

The celebrated Jungian scholar Susan A. Rowland explicitly applies my theory of ‘radical typology’, outlined in Myth, to Carl Jung’s work in her Jung as a Writer (London: Routledge, 2005).

Bob Trubshaw has drawn extensively on my view of the relevance of apocalypse in his Explore Mythology (Loughborough: Heart of Albion Press, 2003).

Marina Warner praises Myth as ‘a lively and clear introduction to different approaches [to the subject]’ in ‘Introduction’, World of Myths (London: British Museum Press, 2003).

Robert A. Segal writes in his Myth: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: OUP, 2004): ‘For a refreshingly sensible postmodern approach to myth, see Laurence Coupe, Myth (London and New York: Routledge, 1997).’

In his Hydra and the Bananas of Leonard Cohen (New York: Perseus Books, 2003), the poet and critic Roger Green writes about his discovery of Myth in an Athens bookshop:

It’s a wonderful antidote to the shelves of works on “Greek Myth”. I need Coupe to inform me about what stage contemporary criticism (or certain branches thereof) has reached. …

Certain other academics also need Coupe and people like him. A few years ago, I attended a symposium at a British university called “Myth in Modern Greek Literature”. We might have been snugly and smugly back in the nineteenth century. I don’t recall hearing mentioned any of the names in Coupe’s long and admirable bibliography. None gave the slightest indication of awareness of exciting developments taking place in other disciplines such as anthropology, theology, comparative literature, linguistics, semiology, philosophy, psychology – to name but a few – exciting developments of the greatest relevance to the topic under discussion.

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