The Power of Myth

This extraordinary book reveals how the themes and symbols of ancient narratives continue to bring meaning to birth, death, love, and war.

Author: Joseph Campbell

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 9780307794727

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

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The national bestseller, now available in a non-illustrated, standard format paperback edition The Power of Myth launched an extraordinary resurgence of interest in Joseph Campbell and his work. A preeminent scholar, writer, and teacher, he has had a profound influence on millions of people--including Star Wars creator George Lucas. To Campbell, mythology was the “song of the universe, the music of the spheres.” With Bill Moyers, one of America’s most prominent journalists, as his thoughtful and engaging interviewer, The Power of Myth touches on subjects from modern marriage to virgin births, from Jesus to John Lennon, offering a brilliant combination of intelligence and wit. This extraordinary book reveals how the themes and symbols of ancient narratives continue to bring meaning to birth, death, love, and war. From stories of the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece and Rome to traditions of Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity, a broad array of themes are considered that together identify the universality of human experience across time and culture. An impeccable match of interviewer and subject, a timeless distillation of Campbell’s work, The Power of Myth continues to exert a profound influence on our culture.

The Metamorphoses of Myth in Fiction since 1960

Only Calvino escapes the problem of power by inventing a completely different system of rewards and pleasures. ... Mythology serves as a tool to examine the problem of power, mostly in terms of one person to another or one person toward ...

Author: Kathryn Hume

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501359897

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

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Why do contemporary writers use myths from ancient Greece and Rome, Pharaonic Egypt, the Viking north, Africa's west coast, and Hebrew and Christian traditions? What do these stories from premodern cultures have to offer us? The Metamorphoses of Myth in Fiction since 1960 examines how myth has shaped writings by Kathy Acker, Margaret Atwood, William S. Burroughs, A. S. Byatt, Neil Gaiman, Norman Mailer, Toni Morrison, Thomas Pynchon, Kurt Vonnegut, Jeanette Winterson, and others, and contrasts such canonical texts with fantasy, speculative fiction, post-singularity fiction, pornography, horror, and graphic narratives. These artistic practices produce a feeling of meaning that doesn't need to be defined in scientific or materialist terms. Myth provides a sense of rightness, a recognition of matching a pattern, a feeling of something missing, a feeling of connection. It not only allows poetic density but also manipulates our moral judgments, or at least stimulates us to exercise them. Working across genres, populations, and critical perspectives, Kathryn Hume elicits an understanding of the current uses of mythology in fiction.

Uses of Comparative Mythology RLE Myth

Animal 1/2 = Historical Atlas of World Mythology, I: The Way of the Animal Powers, 1/2 “Art” = “Mythological Themes in Creative Literature and Art” Business = This Business of the Gods “Commentary” = “Commentary” to Where the Two Came ...

Author: Kenneth L. Golden

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317550853

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 271

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This collection, first published in 1992, offers critical-interpretive essays on various aspects of the work of Joseph Campbell (1904-1987), one of a very few international experts on myth. Joseph Campbell examines myths and mythologies from a comparative point of view, and he stresses those similarities among myths the world over as they suggest an existing, transcendent unity of all humankind. His interpretations foster an openness, even a generous appreciation of, all myths; and he attempts to generate a broad, sympathetic understanding of the role of these ‘stories’ in human history, in our present-day lives, and in the possibilities of our future.

The Innateness of Myth

77 Joseph Campbell, The power of myth, ed. Betty Sue Flowers (New York: Doubleday, 1988), p. 132. 78 Kisly, 'Living myths: a conversation with Joseph Campbell', p. 74. 79 C. Miodini, 'Unpublished interview with Joseph Campbell', ...

Author: Ritske Rensma

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781441126801

Category: Religion

Page: 238

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Joseph Campbell (1904-1988) was one of the most well-known and popular scholars of myth and comparative religion of the twentieth century. His work, however, has never fully received the same amount of scholarly interest and critical reflection that some of his contemporaries have received. In this book, based on extensive research in the Joseph Campbell Archive in Santa Barbara, Ritske Rensma shows that reflecting on C.G. Jung's influence on Campbell greatly furthers our understanding of these ideas, and that once this goal is achieved it becomes obvious that Campbell was a scholar whose ideas are still of significance today. Following Jung's lead, Campbell put great emphasis on the innate structures of the mind, an approach which pre-echoes the current 'evolutionary turn' in fields such as cognitive theory, psychology, psychiatry and neurobiology. This study will therefore not just be of interest to students and scholars interested in psychological approaches to the study of religion as well as Jung and Campbell, but also to those with an interest in recent developments in the above-mentioned fields

Pathways to Bliss

The book also includes an extensive question-and-answer session that ranges from mythological readings of the Bible to how the Hero's Journey unfolds for women.

Author: Joseph Campbell

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 9781458749116

Category: Religion

Page: 360

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Joseph Campbell famously defined myth as ''other people's religion.'' But he also said that one of the basic functions of myth is to help each individual through the journey of life, providing a sort of travel guide or map to reach fulfillment - or, as he called it, bliss. For Campbell, many of the world's most powerful myths support the individual's heroic path toward bliss. In Pathways to Bliss, Campbell examines this personal, psychological side of myth. Like his classic bestselling books Myths to Live By and The Power of Myth, Pathways to Bliss draws from Campbell's popular lectures and dialogues, which highlight his remarkable storytelling and ability to apply the larger themes of world mythology to personal growth and the quest for transformation. Here he anchors mythology's symbolic wisdom to the individual, applying the most poetic mythical metaphors to the challenges of our daily lives. Campbell dwells on life's important questions. Combining cross-cultural stories with the teachings of modern psychology, he examines the ways in which our myths shape and enrich our lives. He explores the many insights of Carl Jung; the notion of self as the hero; and how East and West differ in their approaches to the ego. The book also includes an extensive question-and-answer session that ranges from mythological readings of the Bible to how the Hero's Journey unfolds for women. With his usual wit and insight, Campbell draws connections between ancient symbols and modern art, schizophrenia and the Hero's Journey. Along the way, he shows how myth can help each of us truly identify and follow our bliss.

Paths to the Power of Myth

Noel presents "a compelling analysis of one of this century's great teachers" (Spiritual Studies Center Book News)--"a welcome academic response to the tremendous public appeal of Campbell's conversations with Bill Moyers" ( Harvest: ...

Author: Daniel C. Noel

Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company

ISBN: UVA:X001904249

Category: Religion

Page: 214

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Noel presents "a compelling analysis of one of this century's great teachers" (Spiritual Studies Center Book News)--"a welcome academic response to the tremendous public appeal of Campbell's conversations with Bill Moyers" ( Harvest: Journal for Jungian Studies). Contributors include Harold G. Coward, Wendy Doniger, Robert A. Segal, Walter B. Gulick, and others.

Newsletter of the Conference on Christianity and Literature

Myth did not refer to the same phenomenon in the discourse of the poets as it did in that of the theologians . ... He does not deny the power of myth in his life , the power of dream , the power of audition and vision , anymore than he ...

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ISBN: UCAL:B5067664

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The Bloomsbury Reader in the Study of Myth

From this perspective, myths are neither merely stories, told around a fire for relaxation, nor narratives, read to escape the woes of the world. Rather, they are narratives that draw our ... The Power of Myth. New York: Anchor.

Author: Jonathan Miles-Watson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350082274

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

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What is myth? Why do myths exist? What do myths do? Where are myths going? This reader is organized into 4 parts which explore these questions. Drawing on over 10 years of experience teaching myth in religious studies and anthropology departments in the UK, USA and Continental Europe the editors have brought together key works in the theory of myth. Key features include: - a general introduction to the reader that outlines a comparative and interpretative framework - an introduction contextualizing each part and sub-section - an introduction to each reading by the editors - a companion website that provides discussion questions and further reading suggestions, including primary sources. From functionalism to feminism, nationalism to globalization, and psychoanalysis to spatial analysis, this reader covers the classic and contemporary theories and approaches needed to understand what myth is, why myths exist, what they do, and what the future holds for them.