The Mythic Dimension: Selected Essays 1959-1987 (Collected Works of Joseph Campbell Series)

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In these pages, the Collected Works of Joseph Campbell presents twelve eclectic, far-ranging and brilliant essays exploring myth in all its dimensions: its history; its influence on art, literature, and culture; and its role in everyday life. This second volume of Campbell’s essays (following Flight of the Wild Gander) brings together uncollected writings from 1959 to 1987. Written at the height of Campbell’s career — and showcasing the lively intelligence that made him the twentieth century’s premier writer on ...

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Overview

In these pages, the Collected Works of Joseph Campbell presents twelve eclectic, far-ranging and brilliant essays exploring myth in all its dimensions: its history; its influence on art, literature, and culture; and its role in everyday life. This second volume of Campbell’s essays (following Flight of the Wild Gander) brings together uncollected writings from 1959 to 1987. Written at the height of Campbell’s career — and showcasing the lively intelligence that made him the twentieth century’s premier writer on mythology - these essays investigate the profound links among myth, the individual, and societies ancient and contemporary. Covering diverse terrain ranging from psychology to the occult, from Thomas Mann to the Grateful Dead, from Goddess spirituality to Freud and Jung, these playful and erudite writings reveal the threads of myth woven deeply into the fabric of our culture and our lives.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577315940
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • Publication date: 2/28/2008
  • Series: The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 351,414
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 1.23 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Collected Works of Joseph Campbell     ix
Editor's Foreword     xi
Mythology and History
Comparative Mythology as an Introduction to Cross-Cultural Studies     3
The Historical Development of Mythology     15
The Psychology and Archaeology of Myth     17
Oriental Mythology     19
Occidental Mythology     19
Poetic Mythology     24
Renewal Myths and Rites     39
Johann Jacob Bachofen     85
The Mystery Number of the Goddess     115
All Things Anew     115
The Goddess Universe     121
Maya-Sakti-Devi     126
The Pulse of Being     128
Creatress and Redemptress     135
The Muses Nine     139
Of Harmony and of Discord     159
Ragnarok     162
Mythology and the Arts
Creativity     183
The Interpretation of Symbolic Forms     189
Mythological Themes in Creative Literature and Art     219
The Four Functions of Mythology     219
Traditional and Creative Thought     223
The Problem of Communication     227
The Miracle of Art: Aesthetic Arrest     235
The Fashioning ofLiving Myths     238
The Occult in Myth and Literature     247
Erotic Irony and Mythic Forms in the Art of Thomas Mann     267
Reading List for Joseph Campbell's Class on Mythology at Sarah Lawrence College     295
Notes     299
A Joseph Campbell Bibliography     321
Index     325
About the Author     345
About the Joseph Campbell Foundation     347
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