Hero Journey In Literature / Edition 1

Hero Journey In Literature / Edition 1

by Evans Lansing Smith
     
 

ISBN-10: 0761805095

ISBN-13: 9780761805090

Pub. Date: 12/28/1996

Publisher: University Press of America

This book provides an overview of the hero journey theme in literature, from antiquity to the present, with a focus on the imagery of the rites of passage in human life (initiation at adolescence, mid-life, and death). This is the only book to focus on the major works of the literary tradition, detailing discussions of the hero journey in major literary texts.

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Overview

This book provides an overview of the hero journey theme in literature, from antiquity to the present, with a focus on the imagery of the rites of passage in human life (initiation at adolescence, mid-life, and death). This is the only book to focus on the major works of the literary tradition, detailing discussions of the hero journey in major literary texts. Included are chapters on the literature of Antiquity (Sumerian, Egyptian, Biblical, Greek, and Roman), the Middle Ages (with emphasis on the Arthurian Romance), the Renaissance to the Enlightenment (Shakespeare, Milton, Marvell, Pope, Fielding, the Arabian Nights, and Alchemical Illustration), Romanticism and Naturalism (Coleridge, Selected Grimm's Tales, Bront%, Bierce, Whitman, Twain, Hawthorne, E.T.A. Hoffman, Rabindranath Tagore), and Modernism to Contemporary (Joyce, Gilman, Alifa Rifaat, Bellow, Lessing, Pynchon, Eudora Welty).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761805090
Publisher:
University Press of America
Publication date:
12/28/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
516
Product dimensions:
5.34(w) x 8.46(h) x 1.09(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Ch. 1The Ancient World1
The Descent of Inanna2
Gilgamesh and Enkidu12
The Egyptian Books of the Dead21
Odysseus26
Demeter and Persephone45
The Biblical Hero Journey51
Aeneas60
The Golden Ass: Lucius and Psyche63
Ch. 2The Arthurian Romances and the Middle Ages81
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight82
Sir Orfeo93
Chretien's Lancelot100
Chretien's Yvain108
Chretien and Wolfram's Parzival119
The Quest for the Holy Grail137
Conference of the Birds155
Ch. 3The Renaissance to the Age of Reason167
Spenser's Faerie Queene168
Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream171
Folk Ballads175
Paintings and Engravings178
Milton and Marvell183
Racine and Pope191
Fielding's Tom Jones194
The Arabian Nights210
Japanese Journeys and Slave Narratives232
Popol Vuh238
Ch. 4Romanticism to Naturalism245
Folktales246
E.T.A. Hoffman256
Rabindranath Tagore258
Nathaniel Hawthorne262
Coleridge287
Herman Melville290
Walt Whitman308
Mark Twain311
Charlotte Bronte314
Ambrose Bierce333
Ch. 5Modernism341
Thomas Mann342
Joseph Conrad351
James Joyce360
D. H. Lawrence368
Charlotte Perkins Gilman371
Jorge Luis Borges374
Charles Williams384
T. H. White393
Saul Bellow404
F. W. Murnau409
Jean Cocteau413
Ingmar Bergman426
Alifa Rifaat433
Black Elk436
Eudora Welty446
Conclusion: Into the Labyrinth453
Works Cited463
Index479

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