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As a form, myth has been used in various contexts, endowed with various meanings, and approached in various ways throughout a complex, conflicting, and far-reaching history that makes it a slippery term—in Marcel Détienne’s terms “a fish emulsified in the waters of mythology.” As a term, “myth” derives from the Greek mythos (μύθος), and means “plot” or “story.” Originally, mythos contrasted logos (λόγος), namely a “truthful account.” A competitive dynamic between mythos and logos can be traced back to Plato: although Plato uses myths—imaginative frames—to draw the reader in, he downplays his/her role in philosophical thought, worried as he is about the appeal of myth to our most basic passions. A common ­narrative grew out of this polemic approach through Christianity’s insistence on reading myths allegorically, which late Renaissance scholarship used to tell about ancient civilisations: human progress followed a trajectory from mythos to logos, from myth to logic. Still going stron...

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Gérald Préher et Emmanuel Vernadakis, « Introduction », Journal of the Short Story in English, 67 | 2016, 15-25.

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Gérald Préher et Emmanuel Vernadakis, « Introduction », Journal of the Short Story in English [En ligne], 67 | Autumn 2016, mis en ligne le 01 décembre 2018, consulté le 23 juin 2018. URL :


Gérald Préher

Lille Catholic University

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