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xvii, 284 pages ; 24 cm
  • Table of Figures Preface PART ONE: The Context 1. Joseph Campbell and the Place of Mythology in Modern Culture Approaching Myths Definitions of Myth Christianity and Science The Enlightenment and Romantic Views of Myth Romanticism and Depth Psychology The Functions of Myth Religion, Spirituality, and Belief 2. Mythology: East and West Distinctions Between Eastern and Western Mythology Mythic Dissociation The Withdrawal of the Gods Myth and Monotheism: The Emergence of Linear Time The Psychological Significance of Christianity Evolution and the Ego 3. The Death of God and the Ubermensch Disenchantment and the Death of God The Will to Power and the Ubermensch Nihilism and Mythology Depth Psychology and the Archetypal Hero The Coming Together of East and West, Ancient and Modern 4. Creative Mythology and Individuation The Creative Artist and Modern Myths The Three Metamorphoses of the Spirit PART TWO: The Journey 5. The Hero's Adventure: Call and Refusal The Wasteland and the Renewal of Civilization The Mythic Model of the Hero's Journey A Note on Gender The Beginning of the Journey The Call to Adventure Call as Spiritual Awakening Further Varieties of the Call The Actualization of Destiny The Refusal of the Call Existentialism, Sin, and the Dark Side State Power, the Herd, and Mechanical Man 6. Across the Threshold and Through the Opposites Supernatural Aid The Guardian of the Threshold The Point of No Return The Belly of the Whale Passing Through the Opposites 7. Dual Threats: The Empire of the Ego and the Beast Within Initiation and Transformation: Overcoming the Ego The Double Bind of Consciousness The Relationship Between the Ego and the Unconscious Romanticism and the East The Descent into the Underworld Alchemy and the Nigredo Transformation and Purification in Alchemy The Test of Power The Inner Child 8. The Encounter with the Goddess and the Sacred Marriage The Goddess as Great Mother The Evolution of the Archetypal Feminine Anima as Temptress Paradise Found? Personal and Transpersonal Atonement with the Father Apotheosis, Wholeness, and the Hieros Gamos 9. The Return Journey: The World Transformed The Path of the Return Crossing the Return Threshold Communication: Sharing the Boon Hospitality to the Gods Freedom and the Transcendence of Self-will The Re-enchantment of the World Notes Bibliography Acknowledgments Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781908995056 20160612
The portrayal of the hero in classical myths and modern films continues to exert a compelling influence on the collective imagination, entertaining and inspiring audiences the world over. On a deeper level, the myth of the hero's adventure is recognized as a fundamental pattern of human experience itself, a symbolic expression of the individual's struggle for greater consciousness, psychological wholeness, and spiritual realization. About the book In The Rebirth of the Hero, Keiron Le Grice draws on the ideas and life experiences of C. G. Jung, Joseph Campbell, and Friedrich Nietzsche to explore the spiritual journey of the modern self, from existential crisis and the "awakening of the self" to the dramatic encounter with the underworld of the psyche and the arduous labor of spiritual transformation. In a work of wide-ranging scope and penetrating insight, Le Grice analyzes scenes from a number of popular films - Jason and the Argonauts, Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, Pan's Labyrinth, and more - to illuminate the themes and stages of psychospiritual rebirth and individuation, helping to make the deepest of transformative experiences more readily accessible and intelligible to us all. Drawing interchangeably on classical Greek myths, Christianity, alchemy, Romanticism, and depth psychology, the author also relates the individual's personal journey of transformation to the relationship in Western civilization between spirit and nature, reason and instinct, and masculine and feminine. In so doing, The Rebirth of the Hero demonstrates the critical significance of the archetypal pattern of the hero not only for the individual, but also for cultural renewal and the wider spiritual transformation of our time.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781908995056 20160612
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