Monday, February 8, 2010

The Hero w/ a Thousand Faces

by Jospeh Cambell (1st Edition published 1949)

It has always been the prime function of mythology and rite to supply the symbols that carry the human spirit forward.

The over-arching storyline for the Hero Myth:

A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.

I've become increasingly interested in medieval allegory. A great deal of my research is going to start focusing on--

Pilgrim's Progress (1678) (1684)
Faerie Queene (c.1588)
Le Roman de la Rose (1237)(1277)
Piers Plowman (c.1370)
Orlando Furioso
Decameron (1349-51)
Divine Comedy (1308-21)
Canterbury Tales (1386-1400)
Morte 'd Arthur

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