The Hero with a Thousand Faces

Author: Joseph Campbell
Publisher: New World Library
ISBN: 1577315936
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Discusses the universal legend of the hero in world mythology, focusing on the motif of the hero's journey through adventure and transformation.

Sacred Narrative

Author: Alan Dundes
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520051928
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Alan Dundes defines myth as a sacred narrative that explains how the world and humanity came to be in their present form. This new volume brings together classic statements on the theory of myth by the authors. The twenty-two essays by leading experts on myth represent comparative, functionalist, myth-ritual, Jungian, Freudian, and structuralist approaches to studying the genre.

The Tao and Mother Goose

Author: Robert Carter
Publisher: Quest Books
ISBN: 0835631931
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Art instrutor Rober Carter's illustrated book is both enjoyable and informative, written in an engaging style. Rhymes of Mother Goose he suggests, frequently are spiritual parables. He compares many of the famous aphorisms from Lao Tsu's Tao The Ching, noting simitarities of viewpoints. Carter feels that teaching of the Chinese philosopher and even Mother Goose nursery rhymes are addresses to some deeper level within each one of us. Consequently, a simple word, phrase, or idea in this meditative picture book might spark something deep within the reader.

The Luminaries

Author: Liz Greene
Publisher: Weiser Books
ISBN: 9780877287506
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"The lectures in this volume form the first part of a week-long seminar called The Inner Planets, which was given in Zeurich in June, 1990"--Introd.

Star wars

Author: Mary S. Henderson
Publisher: Bantam Dell Pub Group
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The companion to the Star wars exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum explores the mythology used as the basis for the Star wars movie trilogy

Symbolism

Author: Daniel J. Schneider
Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press
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Film and Stereotype

Author: Jörg Schweinitz
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231525214
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Since the early days of film, critics and theorists have debated the value of formula, cliché, conventional imagery, and recurring narrative patterns of reduced complexity. The high noon showdown or last-minute rescue, the lonely woman standing in the window or two lovers saying goodbye in the rain-many films rely on these scenes, and audiences have come to expect them. Outlining a comprehensive theory of film stereotype, a device as functionally important to film narrative as it is problematic, Jörg Schweinitz builds an overlooked critical history from the 1920s to today. Drawing on theories of stereotype in linguistics, literary analysis, art history, and psychology, Schweinitz identifies the major facets of film stereotype and articulates the positions of theorists in response to the challenges posed by stereotype. He reviews the writing of Susan Sontag, Roland Barthes, Theodor W. Adorno, Robert Musil, Béla Balázs, Hugo Münsterberg, and Edgar Morin, and he brings to light less prominent writers, such as René Fülöp-Miller and Gilbert Cohen-Séat, and traces the evolution of the discourse into a postmodern celebration of the device. Through detailed readings of specific films, Schweinitz also maps models for adapting and reflecting stereotype, from early ironic (Alexander Granowski) and conscious rejection (Robert Rossellini) to critical deconstruction (Robert Altman in the 1970s) and celebratory transfiguration (Sergio Leone and the Coen brothers). His history, which won the prestigious Geisteswissenschaften International award, reveals the role of film stereotype in shaping processes of communication and recognition, as well as its function in developing media competence beyond cinema.