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- State University of New York Press
Examines the political views implicit in the mythological theories of three of the most widely read popularizers of myth in the twentieth century, C. G. Jung, Mircea Eliade, and Joseph Campbell.
The Politics of Myth examines the political views implicit in the mythological theories of three of the most widely read popularizers of myth in the twentieth century, C. G. Jung, Mircea Eliade, and Joseph Campbell. All three had intellectual roots in the anti-modern pessimism and romanticism that also helped give rise to European fascism, and all three have been accused of fascist and anti-Semitic sentiments. At the same time, they themselves tended toward individualistic views of the power of myth, believing that the world of ancient myth contained resources that could be of immense help to people baffled by the ambiguities and superficiality of modern life.
Robert Ellwood details the life and thought of each mythologist and the intellectual and spiritual worlds within which they worked. He reviews the damaging charges that have been made about their politics, taking them seriously while endeavoring to put them in the context of the individual’s entire career and lifetime contribution. Above all, he seeks to extract from their published work the view of the political world that seems most congruent with it.
|Publisher:||State University of New York Press|
|Series:||SUNY series, Issues in the Study of Religion Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.28(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.72(d)|
Table of Contents
Myth, Gnosis, and Modernity
Carl Gustav Jung and Wotan's Return
Mircea Eliade and Nostalgia for the Sacred
Joseph Campbell and the New Quest for the Holy Grail
Conclusion: The Myth of Myth