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The Modern Myths: Adventures in the Machinery of the Popular Imagination

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"Some stories keep returning, each time reimagined to fit the occasion. In some cases, we know them without having read the originals, and in a few brief sentences we can sketch the essential plot points and key characters. Robinson Crusoe, Frankenstein, Dracula, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Sherlock Holmes, Batman: their stories, Philip Ball contends, are among our modern myths. Written since Crusoe was published in 1719, these modern myths truly serve the same function as the stories of Thor and Loki, Hercules and Jason, and ...

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The Modern Myths: Adventures in the Machinery of the Popular Imagination
2021, University of Chicago Press

ISBN-13: 9780226719269

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