Uses of Comparative Mythology (RLE Myth): Essays on the Work of Joseph Campbell, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Uses of Comparative Mythology (RLE Myth)

Essays on the Work of Joseph Campbell, 1st Edition

Edited by Kenneth L. Golden


290 pages

Look Inside
Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Paperback: 9781138843257
pub: 2016-09-26
SAVE ~$9.79
Hardback: 9781138843240
pub: 2015-03-10
SAVE ~$34.00
eBook (VitalSource) : 9781315731063
pub: 2015-03-05
from $24.48

FREE Standard Shipping!


This collection, first published in 1992, offers critical-interpretive essays on various aspects of the work of Joseph Campbell (1904-1987), one of a very few international experts on myth. Joseph Campbell examines myths and mythologies from a comparative point of view, and he stresses those similarities among myths the world over as they suggest an existing, transcendent unity of all humankind. His interpretations foster an openness, even a generous appreciation of, all myths; and he attempts to generate a broad, sympathetic understanding of the role of these ‘stories’ in human history, in our present-day lives, and in the possibilities of our future.

Table of Contents

Part 1. The Man 1.1. The Soul's High Adventure: Campbell's Comparative Mythology Phil Cousineau 1.2. Freud, Jung, and Campbell Stephen Larsen 1.3. Myth Versus Religion for Campbell Robert A. Segal 1.4. Interpreting Campbell: Hermeneutics and Comparative Mythology Gregory Salyer 1.5. The American Roots of Campbell's Mythic Vision Ted R. Spivey Part 2. The Work 2.1. The Twin Heroes: Campbell's Solar/Lunar Vision of the Masculine Howard Teich 2.2. Campbell on Myth, Romantic Love, and Marriage Joseph K. Davis 2.3. Campbell and Schopenhauer: Synchronicity and the Tragic Vision Sandra J. Smith 2.4. Campbell, the Feminine Principle, and the Romantic Male Hero Donna McGee Onebane 2.5. The Chariot of the Hero: Myth and Metaphor in Campbell Joan Weatherly 2.6. The Rhetoric of Mythology and Science in Campbell's Works Kenneth T. Rainey Part 3. The Farther Reaches 3.1. Campbell and the "Vanilla-Frosted Temple": From Myth to Multiplex Harold Schechter and Jonna Gormely Semeiks 3.2. Campbell, Science Fiction, and Space Age Myths Kenneth L. Golden 3.3. Campbell and the Inklings - Tolkien, Lewis, and Williams Vernon R. Hyles 3.4. The Power of Wilderness: Campbell and the Ecological Imperative Mary A. Doll 3.5. Campbell, America, and the Individual as New Hero Dabney Gray 3.6. Campbell and the Perennial Philosophy: Social Sciences, Mysticism, and Myth Mark Meadows

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Myth

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings: