The Politics of Myth: A Study of C. G. Jung, Mircea Eliade, and Joseph Campbell (SUNY series, Issues in the Study of Religion)

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$48.17
UPC:
9780791443064
Maximum Purchase:
3 units
Publisher:
SUNY Press (August 26, 1999)
Binding:
Paperback
Pages:
224
Shipping Weight:
14.1 ounces
Language:
English
Series:
SUNY series, Issues in the Study of Religion
Product Dimensions:
6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
ISBN-10:
079144306X
ISBN-13:
978-0791443064
Author:
Robert Ellwood

Product Overview

Examines the political views implicit in the mythological theories of three of the most widely read popularizers of myth in the twentieth century, C. G. Jung, Mircea Eliade, and Joseph Campbell.The Politics of Myth examines the political views implicit in the mythological theories of three of the most widely read popularizers of myth in the twentieth century, C. G. Jung, Mircea Eliade, and Joseph Campbell. All three had intellectual roots in the anti-modern pessimism and romanticism that also helped give rise to European fascism, and all three have been accused of fascist and anti-Semitic sentiments. At the same time, they themselves tended toward individualistic views of the power of myth, believing that the world of ancient myth contained resources that could be of immense help to people baffled by the ambiguities and superficiality of modern life.Robert Ellwood details the life and thought of each mythologist and the intellectual and spiritual worlds within which they worked. He reviews the damaging charges that have been made about their politics, taking them seriously while endeavoring to put them in the context of the individuals entire career and lifetime contribution. Above all, he seeks to extract from their published work the view of the political world that seems most congruent with it.

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