Questions tagged [joseph-campbell]

For questions about the works of Joseph Campbell (1904 – 1987) or his life as a writer. He is best known for 'The Hero with a Thousand Faces', which discusses the archetypal hero's journey in detail.

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In the "Archetypal Story" is the "woman" a form of temptation or a motivator/reward?

In Joseph Campbell's "hero's journey" from The Hero with a Thousand Faces, he talks about the goddess/woman/love interest in a story with a male lead in two ways: The meeting with the ...
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Source of the Japanese story Joseph Campbell tells of a samurai spat upon in The Power of Myth

I'm searching for the source of the Japanese story of a samurai spat upon which Joseph Campbell relates in The Power of Myth. (Oddly, the book has no citation on this). . . . there is a story . . . ...
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Is there "required" background reading for "The Hero With a Thousand Faces"?

The influence of "The Hero with a Thousand Faces" by Joseph Campbell is well documented. I have picked up the version published in the "Collected Works of Joseph Campbell" series and have sadly found ...
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Why is the hero's journey so ubiquitous across world literature?

In The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949), Joseph Campbell argues that many myths follow a typical pattern involving the hero's departure from familiar surroundings to a unfamiliar setting, ultimately ...
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