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Somewhere I Have Never Travelled: The Hero's Journey / Edition 1

Somewhere I Have Never Travelled: The Hero's Journey / Edition 1

by Thomas Van Nortwick
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195101278

ISBN-13: 9780195101270

Pub. Date: 01/28/1996

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The ancient hero's quest for glory offers metaphors for our own struggles to reach personal integrity and wholeness. In this compelling book, Van Nortwick traces the heroic journeys in three seminal works of ancient epic poetry, The Epic of Gilgamesh, Homer's Iliad, and Virgil's Aeneid. In particular, he focuses on the relationship of the hero to one or more second

Overview

The ancient hero's quest for glory offers metaphors for our own struggles to reach personal integrity and wholeness. In this compelling book, Van Nortwick traces the heroic journeys in three seminal works of ancient epic poetry, The Epic of Gilgamesh, Homer's Iliad, and Virgil's Aeneid. In particular, he focuses on the relationship of the hero to one or more second selves, or alter egos, showing how the poems address central truths about the cost of heroic self-assertion: that the pursuit of glory can lead to alienation from one's own deepest self, and that spiritual wholeness can only be achieved by confronting what appears, at first, to be the very negation of that self. With his unique combination of literary, psychological, and spiritual insights, Van Nortwick demonstrates the relevance of ancient literature to enduring human problems and to contemporary issues.

Somewhere I Have never Travelled will interest anyone who wishes to explore the roots of human behavior and the relationship between life and art.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195101270
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/1996
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.66(d)
Lexile:
1290L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Metaphors3
1.The Wild Man: The Epic of Gilgamesh8
2.Into Prison: The Iliad (1)39
3.Not Alone: The Iliad (2)62
4.Deserts of the Heart: The Aeneid (1)89
5.Another Achilles: The Aeneid (2)124
6.Buried Selves: The Aeneid (3)162
Afterword: Metaphor Revisited183
Further Reading185
Bibliographical Essay189
Bibliography194
Index199

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