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Reply To: Campbell Centered Reading List for Community College


Derrick – there are many works as well that have been written since Campbell’s passing. One of the best, from my perspective, is Lewis Hyde’s Trickster Makes This World (a truly delightful read). Another is the elegant and profound The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World, from David Abrams. I also highly recommend Anne Baring’s and Jules Cashford’s The Myth of the Goddess: Evolution of an Image – a well-researched, comprehensive look at how the mythic image of the Goddess has morphed from the period of the paleolithic stone figurines on down to the present, very much in sync with Joseph Campbell, Carl Jung, and James Hillman – this specifically speaks to your mention of the Goddess in your initial post – it’s a thick volume, but well worth it. And then The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony is an amazing “novel” (it’s ever so much more than that – fluid and dreamlike) encompassing the whole of Greek mythology, from the pen of the creative Florentine author, Roberto Calasso.

These four volumes have been game-changers for me.

Trickster Makes This World Spell of the Sensuous The Myth of the Goddess The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony

Are there any works you have used in class that you would recommend, Derrick?