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Transformations of myth through time / Joseph Campbell.

By: Campbell, Joseph, 1904-1987.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Perennial Library, c1990Edition: 1st ed.Description: 263 p. : ill., ports. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0060551895; 9780060551896; 0060964634 (pbk.); 9780060964634 (pbk.); 9500421291; 9789500421294; 0809591332 (sticker); 9780809591336 (sticker).Subject(s): Mythology | MythsAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Transformations of myth through time.DDC classification: 291.1/3
Contents:
1. In the beginning : origins of man and myth -- 2. Where people lived legends : American Indian myths -- 3. And we washed our weapons in the sea : gods and goddesses of the neolithic period -- 4. Pharaoh's rule : Egypt, the exodus, and the myth of Osiris -- 5. The sacred source : the perennial philosophy of the East -- 6. The way to enlightenment : Buddhism -- 7. From id to ego in the Orient : Kundalini yoga, part I -- 8. From psychology to spirituality : Kundalini yoga, part II -- 9. The descent to heaven : the Tibetan book of the dead -- 10. From darkness to light : the mystery religions of ancient Greece -- 11. Where there was no path : Arthurian legends and the Western way -- 12. A noble heart : the courtly love of Tristan and Isolde -- 13. In search of the Holy Grail : the Parzival legend.
Summary: A collection of thirteen lectures, all given near the end of Joseph Campbell's life, that examine the great sweep of mythological development around the world and across the ages.
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1. In the beginning : origins of man and myth -- 2. Where people lived legends : American Indian myths -- 3. And we washed our weapons in the sea : gods and goddesses of the neolithic period -- 4. Pharaoh's rule : Egypt, the exodus, and the myth of Osiris -- 5. The sacred source : the perennial philosophy of the East -- 6. The way to enlightenment : Buddhism -- 7. From id to ego in the Orient : Kundalini yoga, part I -- 8. From psychology to spirituality : Kundalini yoga, part II -- 9. The descent to heaven : the Tibetan book of the dead -- 10. From darkness to light : the mystery religions of ancient Greece -- 11. Where there was no path : Arthurian legends and the Western way -- 12. A noble heart : the courtly love of Tristan and Isolde -- 13. In search of the Holy Grail : the Parzival legend.

A collection of thirteen lectures, all given near the end of Joseph Campbell's life, that examine the great sweep of mythological development around the world and across the ages.

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This book consists of 13 chapters, each of which is a slightly edited version of one of the lectures in the PBS series of the same title. Drawing on his vast knowledge, Campbell explains in simple language, with copious examples from all times and cultures, how the same myths occur everywhere in slightly different forms. His lectures are fascinating but fast moving, so now viewers have the opportunity to savor his ideas at a slower pace. The illustrations are also from the series. Considering the continued interest in Campbell and his work, this book is probably essential for most libraries. Happily, it can also be recommended as a worthwhile purchase.-- Lucy Patrick, Florida State Univ. Lib., Tallahassee (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Joseph Campbell was born in White Plains, New York on March 26, 1904. He received a B.A. in English literature in 1925 and an M.A. in Medieval literature in 1927 from Columbia University. He was awarded a Proudfit Traveling Fellowship to continue his studies at the University of Paris. After he had received and rejected an offer to teach at his high school alma mater, his Fellowship was renewed, and he traveled to Germany to resume his studies at the University of Munich. During the year he was housemaster of Canterbury School, he sold his first short story, Strictly Platonic, to Liberty magazine. In 1934, he accepted a position in the literature department at Sarah Lawrence College, a post he would retain until retiring in 1972. <p> During his lifetime, he wrote more than 40 books including The Hero with a Thousand Faces, The Mythic Image, the four-volume The Masks of God, and The Power of Myth with Bill Moyers. During the 1940s and 1950s, he collaborated with Swami Nikhilananda on translations of the Upanishads and The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna. He received several awards including National Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Contributions to Creative Literature and the 1985 National Arts Club Gold Medal of Honor in Literature. He died after a brief struggle with cancer on October 30, 1987. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)

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