Irony descends from the low mimetic: it begins in realism and dispassionate observation. But as it does so, it moves steadily towards myth, and dim outlines of sacrificial rituals and dying gods begin to reappear in it. Our five modes evidently go around in a circle…

Northrop Frye, Anatomy of Criticism

For in the beginning of literature there is myth, as there is also in the end of it.

Borges, Parable of Cervantes and the Quixote

Notes for a Mythology