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Myths and Narratology: Narrative Form, Meaning and Function in the Standard Babylonian Epic of Anzû

Issue: Vol 42 No. 4 (2013) Bulletin for the Study of Religion

Journal: Bulletin for the Study of Religion

Subject Areas: Religious Studies Buddhist Studies Islamic Studies Biblical Studies

DOI: 10.1558/bsor.v42i4.22


This essay presents narratology as a strategy for analysis of written myths. It analyses the narrative form of a written religious narrative from ancient Mesopotamia known as The Epic of Anzû, suggesting that the narrative form of myths is a necessary object of inquiry for historians of religion; one that has consequences for our understanding of the meaning and functions of myths, of the religions that make use of them, as well as for broader discussions of religious narrative.

Author: Laura Feldt

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