"The Power of Myth" will have you exploring subject matter in anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, philosophy, world literature, history, psychology, religion, and wherever else "your bliss" takes you. I found this book and video series inspirational in the same way that a standard college course ought to be (JC was a professor at Sarah Lawrence College), except that it's much cheaper! Ten years later, I find myself returning to it and discovering new revelations each time.
2-DVD Set, Joseph Campbell - The Power of Myth - with Bill Moyers
When celebrated scholar Joseph Campbell sat down with veteran journalist Bill Moyers for a discussion about his life’s work, the nation was captivated. Exploring how myths hold the key to understanding human experience, the scholar and the journalist touch on topics as diverse as world religions, marriage and pop culture.
|Title||Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth with Bill Moyers|
|Creator||Campbell, Joseph and Moyers, Bill|
|Publisher||Acorn Media (Athena)|
|Publisher 2||An Apostrophe S Production|
No amount of film theory can explain the extraordinary appeal the saga has for millions of people all over the world. For many, it has all the force of an alternative reality. To understand lasting attraction we must look beyond thrilling action and special effects to a very rich and universal source: the power of myth and legend. The universe draws on a common stream of mythic tales which are rooted deeply in our own life stories. This book is a graphic visual guide to one of the greatest mythical adventures of the modern age.
It is very easy and simple to follow the conversation- the language is not some convoluted elite jargon but simple human language. J. Campbell is obviously an atheist but not in a Nitzschean way. In fact he doesn't preach at all but lets you form your own conclusions about the subject. Some of his analysis of religions is very interesting and enlightening- I bet most christians never thought of the bible as a metaphor. Though, you could say that Campbell is too Platonic- there is a lot of idealism in his conception of the power of myth.