21 Years On, Revisiting Ellwood’s The Politics of Myth 

"Ellwood shows that the study of what we call myth today is culturally conditioned by a need to view ancient and preliterate/nonliterate peoples as romantic yet accessible Others, and that we can bridge history and difference through universal, value-laden stories. Deconstructing the historical study of myth and the category itself is an important enterprise. Anyone who has studied myth as a class of narrative knows that it is hopelessly messy, and highly contextual. And it is this messiness that sits in contrast with the certainty of the politics on the Right, a set of ideologies where everyone and everything has their proper place. This is why the work of our mythologists here is so attractive to these movements."

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