The Biography of William Robertson Smith
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Fellowship Work Summary, 1997–98
Robert A. Segal completed work on Theorizing about Myth (University of Massachusetts Press, forthcoming, 1999), and edited Jung on Mythology (Princeton University Press and Routledge, forthcoming, 1998). He wrote two book chapters: "Diagnosing Religion," in What is Religion?, edited by Thomas Idinopulos and Brian Wilson (Brill, forthcoming); and "Are There Modern Myths for Eliade," in Essays on Eliade, edited by Bryan Rennie (SUNY Press, forthcoming). He also wrote several articles, including: "In Defense of the Comparative Method"; "Burkert's Theory of Myth and Ritual"; "Weber and Geertz on the Meaning of Religion" (forthcoming in Religion); and "Jung and Gnosticism: A Reply" (forthcoming in Harvest). He delivered a conference paper at the American Academy of Religion meeting in San Francisco, and another entitled "Myth and Philosophy" at a conference at Wesleyan College (Macon, Ga.). He presented lectures at Occidental College, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, University of Maine, Purdue University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University, and the Jung Institute in Chicago. He also served as the U.K. editor of the journal Religion.