Mythology

The Descent to the Underworld in Literature, Painting, and Film, 1895-1950: The Modernist Nekyia

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The study presents the most comprehensive analysis of the descent to the underworld in Modernism. The work shows that the nekyia was the single most important myth for the Modernists writing between 1895 and 1946. It focuses on ‘necrotypes’, symbolic images typically found in association with descent to the underworld. It also takes an interdisciplinary approach to the subject, with chapters on the nekyia in film, science, psychology, and painting. It pays careful attention to the multicultural sources for the myth – Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Greco-Roman, Judeo-Christian, Celtic, Norse, and Native American. “This is a courageous and broadly-sweeping study of many key literary and artistic figures of a crucial half century of creativity in Europe, England, Ireland and the United States . . . . Smith’s study is not simply a survey, but a study in depth, in descent, and in a kind of scholarship that is remarkably free of the current horizontal jargon of literary theory. . . . The book’s interdisciplinary flavor makes such a study an excellent resource not only I showing the confluence of various disciplines but a model for how interdisciplinary studies can be used to see the larger whole of work rather than the narrow confines of a particular agenda.” – Dennis Patrick Slattery

This study presents a comprehensive analysis of the descent to the underworld in Modernism. The book shows that the nekyia was the single most important myth for the Modernists between 1895 and 1946. It focuses on "necrotypes", symbolic images typically found in association with descent to the underworld. It also takes an interdisciplinary approach to the subject, with chapters on the nekyia in film, science, psychology, and painting. It pays careful attention to the multicultural sources for the myth - Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Greco-Roman, Judeo-Christian, Celtic, Norse, and Native American.

Author: 
Evans Lansing Smith
Publication Date: 
2001-06-01
Publisher: 
Edwin Mellen Pr

Cosmosophia: Cosmology, Mysticism, and the Birth of a New Myth

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$17.95

"Richards writes skillfully and soulfully about the most pressing issues of our times, and the deeper crisis out of which they have emerged. Drawing from a vast trove of knowledge about the world's religious, mystical, and philosophical traditions, he extracts the most valuable gems, polishes them with the revolutionary insights of modern science, and forges a radiant, new cosmosophy - a universal wisdom that honors the wisdom of the universe. The beauty of this mythos is that it, like the cosmos, is not static but dynamic, inviting our active participation and imaginative engagement. "This book succeeds in instilling reverence for a living universe and hope for a dying planet. May Cosmosophia blossom and flourish in the hearts of all beings!" -Darrin Drda, author of The Four Global Truths

Author: 
Theodore Richards
Publication Date: 
2011-02-25
Publisher: 
Hiraeth Press

Women's Mysteries: Toward a Poetics of Gender

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Christine Downing explores the psychology of women and the continual creation and alteration of gender identity, critiquing the work of Jung and Freud in this area and offering her own perspective on the rites of passage that are characteristic of a woman's life. Downing celebrates the gains and achievements of women, psychologically speaking, as they have been recovered, reclaimed and repossessed by women over the past several decades through a fascinating interweaving of the intellectual and the personal, the conceptual and the poetic, the mythological and the psychological. This exploration of a poetics of gender is as much for men as for women; it gives attention-from a feminine perspective, to be sure-to the mystery of the human and the humane.

Author: 
Christine Downing
Publication Date: 
2003-06-01
Publisher: 
Spring Journal, Inc

Tracking the Gods: The Place of Myth in Modern Life

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$25.00

Whatever our cultural and religious background or personal psychology, a greater intimacy with myth provides a vital link with meaning, the absence of which is so often behind the neuroses of our time. Here the acclaimed author of The Middle Passage explains why a connection with our mythic roots is crucial for us as individuals and as responsible citizens of our age.

Author: 
James Hollis
Publication Date: 
1995-09-01
Publisher: 
Inner City Books

Riting Myth, Mythic Writing: Plotting Your Personal Story

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$29.00

Riting Myth, Mythic Writing: Plotting Your Personal Story is a both a theoretical as well as interactive book on the nature of personal myth. Its intention is to offer participants who wish to explore further the terms and structure of their personal myth over 80 writing meditations that are spread throughout 9 chapters in order to guide the readers-writers on a pilgrimage into the deepest layers of their personal myth.
An added feature of the book are writing meditation responses from participants who have been part of the author's writing retreats in both the United States and Europe. Their power and authenticity attests to the strong desire and need of each of us to explore what myth guides us, what terms it does so within and what one can learn to become more conscious of those deep forces in the psyche that seek expression in all we do and are.

Author: 
Dennis Patrick Slattery
Publication Date: 
2012-06-01
Publisher: 
Fisher King Press

The Trickster: A Study in American Indian Mythology

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Anthropological and psychological analysis by Radin Kereny and Jung of the voraciously uninhibited episodes of the Winnebego Trickster cycle.

Author: 
Paul Radin
Publication Date: 
1988-01-01
Publisher: 
Schocken

The Water of Life

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Starting with a new preface that describes the dual nightmares of global terror and global warming, The Water of Life addresses meaning and purpose in personal life and the need to return culture to its mythic context. Meade is a masterful storyteller with a genius for metaphorical thinking; he draws on the power of myths, fairy tales, and his own personal story of descent and transformation during the Vietnam War. At once a mythic journey, a study in depth psychology, and a treatise on initiation The Water of Life addresses the roots of conflict, the recurring hunger for war and the issues of reducing the warrior. Throughout the text the water of life functions as the core symbol for both personal and cultural renewal, and redemption in the spiritual wasteland. Using ideas gleaned from many years working with youth and communities at-risk Meade s writing rings with the echoes of truth and sings with an incantational voice that takes you right to the edge of elemental knowledge.

Author: 
Michael Meade
Publication Date: 
2006-10-01
Publisher: 
GreenFire Press

Trickster Makes This World: Mischief, Myth, and Art

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$18.00

In Trickster Makes This World, Lewis Hyde brings to life the playful and disruptive side of human imagination as it is embodied in trickster mythology. He first visits the old stories—Hermes in Greece, Eshu in West Africa, Krishna in India, Coyote in North America, among others—and then holds them up against the lives and work of more recent creators: Picasso, Duchamp, Ginsberg, John Cage, and Frederick Douglass. Twelve years after its first publication, Trickster Makes This World—authoritative in its scholarship, loose-limbed in its style—has taken its place among the great works of modern cultural criticism.

This new edition includes an introduction by Michael Chabon.

Author: 
Lewis Hyde
Publication Date: 
2010-08-17
Publisher: 
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

TRICKSTER LIVES CULTURE AND MYTH IN AMERI SUG05 HUMSP11

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$24.95

At once criminal and savior, clown and creator, antagonist and mediator, the character of trickster has made frequent appearances in works by writers the world over. As Margaret Atwood observed, trickster gods "stand where the door swings open on its hinges and the horizon expands; they operate where things are joined together and, thus, can also fall apart." A shaping force in American literature, trickster has appeared in such characters as Huckleberry Finn, Rinehart, Sula, and Nanapush. Usually a figure both culturally specific and transcendent, trickster leads the way to the unconscious, the concealed, and the seemingly unattainable.

Trickster Lives offers thirteen new and challenging interpretations of trickster in American writing, including essays on works by African American, Native American, Pacific Rim, and Latino writers, as well as an examination of trickster politics. This innovative collection of work conveys the trickster’s unmistakable imprint on the modern world.

Publication Date: 
2001-01-20
Publisher: 
University of Georgia Press
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