Audio: Lecture II.2.1 – Mythic Themes in Literature and Art
Creative mythology, then, is the rendition of images, of life, of poetic statements, of the orders that you perceive underlying the purposes of the world in terms of your experience.
— Joseph Campbell
In this talk, never before commercially released, Joseph Campbell looks at what it means to having a living mythology — one that performs all of myth’s functions for the individual and for society. In particular, he looks at our modern dilemma, trying to reconcile ancient myth with modern science, and points to what he calls creative mythology as the only possible response.
This lecture was recorded at the University of New Hampshire on November 30, 1967, as he was writing the book Masks of God: Creative Mythology.