The Flight of the Wild Gander: Explorations in the Mythological Dimension : Selected Essays, 1944-1968

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New World Library, 2002 - Religion - 238 pages
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In Flight of the Wild Gender, mythologist Joseph Campbell - in his first collection of essays, written between 1944 and 1968 - explores the individual and geographical origins of myth, outlining the full range of mythology from Grimm's fairy tales to American Indian legends.
Originally published in 1969, this collection describes the symbolic content of stories: how they are linked to human experience and how they - along with our experiences - have changed over time. Throughout, Campbell explores the function of mythology in everyday life and the forms it may take in the future.
  

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Review: The Flight of the Wild Gander: Explorations in the Mythological Dimension (The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell)

User Review  - Mike - Goodreads

I once read somewhere (It's probably something Campbell or Jung said but I don't remember) that a true believer—no matter what his particular faith—is living inside the mythology of his religion ... Read full review

Review: The Flight of the Wild Gander: Explorations in the Mythological Dimension (The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell)

User Review  - Daniel Hoffman - Goodreads

A great piece. Campbell expounds upon ideas captured in his other works here, only the emphasis is on the personal experience from understanding the symbols of myth. My favorite part of the work was ... Read full review

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Contents

THE FAIRY TALE
1
THE TYPES OF STORY
6
THE HISTORY OF THE TALES
10
THE QUESTION OF MEANING
19
BIOS AND MYTHOS
27
THE BIOLOGICAL FUNCTION OF MYTH
35
THE IMAGE OF A SECOND BIRTH
37
THE ANXIETY OF THE MISBORN
41
THE NEOLITHICPALEOLITHIC CONTRAST
113
PROBLEM OF THE NEW SYMBOL EMERGENT
124
THE SHAMAN AND THE PRIEST
125
THE WILD GANDER
130
MYTHOLOGIES OF ENGAGEMENT AND DISENGAGEMENT
135
THE FLIGHT BETWEEN TWO THOUGHTS
138
THE SECULARIZATION OF THE SACRED
157
RELIGIONS OF IDENTITY
160

PRIMITIVE MAN AS METAPHYSICIAN
43
THE IMAGE AND ITS MEANING
45
IMAGERY OF THE MANIFOLD AND ITS CAUSE
46
THE CAUSE UNDERSTOOD AS ABSOLUTELY UNKNOWN
50
THEOLOGY AS A MISREADING OF MYTHOLOGY
52
ESOTERIC AND EXOTERIC ANTHROPOLOGY
54
MYTHOGENESIS
57
THE NEOLITHIC BACKGROUND
67
THE PALEOLITHIC BACKGROUND
74
THE PSYCHOLOGICAL BASE
80
THE PERSONAL FACTOR
87
THE SYMBOL WITHOUT MEANING
93
THE MYTHIC FORMS OF ARCHAIC CIVILIZATION
102
RELIGIONS OF RELATIONSHIP
165
THE EUROPEAN GRAFT
170
EROS AGAPE AMOR
172
THE WESTERN INDIVIDUAL
183
APPENDIX
187
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
193
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS FOR ILLUSTRATIONS
195
CHAPTER NOTES
197
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
219
INDEX
221
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
235
ABOUT THE JOSEPH CAMPBELL FOUNDATION
237
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About the author (2002)

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. 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.

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