Joseph Campbell, scholar and superb storyteller, became famous with the publication of his groundbreaking book The Hero with a Thousand Faces, which later captured the imagination of the sixties generation with its view of the hero myth as an inward--not outward--journey in quest of values and enlightenment. But the Bill Moyers PBS TV series The Power of Myth made Joseph Campbell a legend. Now, this illuminating introduction to the man and his ideas gives a concise, clear understanding of what Campbell considered to be the origin, function, and meaning of myth, where his ideas originated, how they compare with the theories of Freud and Jung, and what their impact has been.
An indispensable guide to exploring the ideas of a major twentieth-century thinker, Joseph Campbell: An Introduction includes a biography of Campbell as well as a survey of all his writings, including a look at the edited transcripts of his interviews from The Power of Myth. As fascinating as the man himself, this book lets us witness the workings of an extraordinarily influential mind and begin our own odyssey into the mythic world he loved.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis, Inc.|
|Series:||Garland Reference Library of the Humanities Series|