Hero Journey In Literature / Edition 1

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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).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761805090
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 516
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Evans Lansing Smith is Associate Professor of English at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Ancient World 1
The Descent of Inanna 2
Gilgamesh and Enkidu 12
The Egyptian Books of the Dead 21
Odysseus 26
Demeter and Persephone 45
The Biblical Hero Journey 51
Aeneas 60
The Golden Ass: Lucius and Psyche 63
Ch. 2 The Arthurian Romances and the Middle Ages 81
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight 82
Sir Orfeo 93
Chretien's Lancelot 100
Chretien's Yvain 108
Chretien and Wolfram's Parzival 119
The Quest for the Holy Grail 137
Conference of the Birds 155
Ch. 3 The Renaissance to the Age of Reason 167
Spenser's Faerie Queene 168
Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream 171
Folk Ballads 175
Paintings and Engravings 178
Milton and Marvell 183
Racine and Pope 191
Fielding's Tom Jones 194
The Arabian Nights 210
Japanese Journeys and Slave Narratives 232
Popol Vuh 238
Ch. 4 Romanticism to Naturalism 245
Folktales 246
E.T.A. Hoffman 256
Rabindranath Tagore 258
Nathaniel Hawthorne 262
Coleridge 287
Herman Melville 290
Walt Whitman 308
Mark Twain 311
Charlotte Bronte 314
Ambrose Bierce 333
Ch. 5 Modernism 341
Thomas Mann 342
Joseph Conrad 351
James Joyce 360
D. H. Lawrence 368
Charlotte Perkins Gilman 371
Jorge Luis Borges 374
Charles Williams 384
T. H. White 393
Saul Bellow 404
F. W. Murnau 409
Jean Cocteau 413
Ingmar Bergman 426
Alifa Rifaat 433
Black Elk 436
Eudora Welty 446
Conclusion: Into the Labyrinth 453
Works Cited 463
Index 479
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