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Modernist Alchemy
Poetry and the Occult
Timothy Materer
Modernist Alchemy takes a close look at the work of twentieth-century poets whose use of the occult constitutes a recovery of discarded beliefs and modes of thought: Yeats and Plath try to dismiss conventional religion, Hughes captures a sense of...



Sbek Thom
Khmer Shadow Theater
Pech Tum Kravel
A book studying the history and significance of shadow puppet theater in Cambodia. Khmer and English texts, as well as 153 full-page photographs, describe the Khmer Reamker, an ancient story whose episodes and characters have figured in...



The Formation of Hell
Death and Retribution in the Ancient and Early Christian Worlds
Alan E. Bernstein
"An absorbing history."—Washington Post Book World



The Mute Immortals Speak
Pre-Islamic Poetry and Poetics of Ritual
Suzanne Pinckney Stetkevych
Stetkevych offers the first aesthetics appropriate for the Bedouin oral poetry, the pre-Islamic qasidah, or ode, which was collected in the second or third Islamic century and stands as a foundation of Arabo-Islamic literary culture.






Heroic Sagas and Ballads
Stephen A. Mitchell
In Heroic Sagas and Ballads, Stephen A. Mitchell examines the world of the medieval Icelandic legendary sagas and their legacy in Scandinavia.



Myth and the Polis
This fresh and thought-provoking book deepens our understanding of the dynamic relationship between the creation of myth and the development of the ancient Greek polis, or city-state, during crucial periods in archaic and classical Greece. Examining the diverse texts which crystallized Greek oral tradition, nine chapters by a multidisciplinary...



The Ravenous Hyenas and the Wounded Sun
Myth and Ritual in Ancient India
Stephanie W. Jamison
Jamison addresses the conditions that have limited our understanding of Vedic myth and ritual, such as the profusion and obscurity of the texts and the tendency on the part of scholars to approach mythology and ritual independently.



The Prince of Darkness
Radical Evil and the Power of Good in History
Jeffrey Burton Russell
While recounting how past generations have personified evil, Jeffrey Burton Russell deepens our understanding of the ways in which people have dealt with the enduring problem of radical evil.



The Devil
Perceptions of Evil from Antiquity to Primitive Christianity
Jeffrey Burton Russell
This lively and learned book traces the history of the concept of evil and its personification as the Devil from ancient times to the period of the New Testament and across cultures and...



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