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 Gander, renowned 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.

Included are some of Campbell's first groundbreaking essays: "Bios and Mythos" and "Primitive Man as Metaphysician," both of which examine the biological basis and necessity for story and mythology, and establish mythology as a basic function or fact of nature. Campbell's essay "Mythogenesis" turns from the natural and biological to the cultural and historical -- the rise, flowering, and decline of a particular myth, a single American Indian legend. Campbell explores how the myth was born, as well as the personal experiences of the visionary medicine man through whose memory the myth was preserved.

This new paperback edition joins other reissues and previously unpublished works as part of the Collected Works of Joseph Campbell.
 

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Although the modern sensibility—Eliot and Joyce, Freud and Jung—owes a great deal to various mythologies, it is no secret that "mythic consciousness" has been superseded by "scientific consciousness ... 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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