The Mythic Dimension

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The Mythic Dimension

Post by David_Kudler » Wed Jun 29, 2011 6:49 pm

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The 12 eclectic essays in The Mythic Dimension: Selected Essays 1958–1987 explore myth and its fascinating context in the human imagination — in the arts, literature, and culture, as well as in everyday life. The eleventh title in New World Library’s Collected Works of Joseph Campbell, this attractive cloth edition features pieces that exhibit Campbell’s trademark thoughtfulness and intelligence.

These essays explore the topic for which Campbell was best known: the many connections between myth and history, psychology, and the daily world. Drawing from such varied sources as Thomas Mann, the occult, Jungian and Freudian theory, and the Grateful Dead, these dynamic writings elucidate the many ways in which myth touches our lives, our psyches, and our relationship to the world.

In July, 2011, the JCF released the first essay in this collection, "Comparative Mythology as an Introduction to Cross-Cultural Studies" along with the reading list from Campbell's famed Introduction to Mythology course (which appears as an appendix) as its first ebook "single": The Mythic Dimension - "Comparative Mythology"
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Post by Neoplato » Fri Aug 12, 2011 5:29 pm

My second favorite after Myths to Live By. :D
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Post by David_Kudler » Sun Aug 28, 2011 4:01 pm

Neoplato wrote:My second favorite after Myths to Live By. :D
This is a wonderful collection of essays--and one that's fairly little-known. It was never promoted at all by its first publisher, HarperCollins, and when we published the new edition in 2008, it was quickly overshadowed by the release of the new edition of Hero with a Thousand Faces. But there truly are some terrific essays here.
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Post by Neoplato » Wed Aug 31, 2011 8:46 pm

This is a wonderful collection of essays--and one that's fairly little-known.-David
Interesting, I think this was the first Joseph Campbell book I actually read after watching POM and Mythos I &II. I believe I read this first, then "Myths to Live By" and then "Hero".

I believe I have the first edition since I got it from a used book store. I'll have to check later.
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Post by Ercan2121 » Sat Sep 24, 2011 8:40 am

Honestly, I don't think that 'the Hero with a Thousand Faces' is the right choice
if one seeks inspiration (too long and academical and so on). That's one of the
reasons we need new alternatives that can match the taste of all generations :D
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