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Mythevorming in de hedendaagse cultuur

M. Janssens
Literator | Vol 24, No 1 | a285 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v24i1.285 | © 2003 M. Janssens | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 01 August 2003 | Published: 01 August 2003

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M. Janssens, Departement Literatuurwetenschap, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

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Abstract

The concept of myth in contemporary culture

In contemporary culture the concept of “myth” is subjected to profound changes, both in the fields of knowing and of values. A tendency to demythologize is evident everywhere. Owing to the prominent procedures of covering and cross-over, ancient myths are mixed with many other thematic aspects in contemporary literature, e.g. in postmodern adaptations of Greek myths. With regard to culture, “myth” is used in various meanings. In modern or “postmodern” theology and exegesis the Bible is considered to be an anthology of myths. In recent years we have even met a tendency of “re-mythologizing” our thinking in a “postmetaphysical” age.

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Myth And Demythologising; Demythologising In Theology And Exegesis

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