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Note Tag monomyth

Taylor Swift and Campbell’s Hero’s Journey

In an article for The Washington Post, Peter Manseau, curator of American religion at the Smithsonian, outlined the journey musician Taylor Swift takes in her 2012 breakup ballad “All Too Well” through the lens of Joseph Campbell’s monomyth. He states,…

Will Smith Credits Joseph Campbell in New Memoir

In his memoir, titled WILL, actor Will Smith credits Joseph Campbell’s work as being key to his career and life. According to an article by Jane Mulkerrins in The Times, Smith “credits his film career trajectory to Joseph Campbell’s theory…

The Hero’s Journey, Anti-Heroes, and Gangs of London

Jean Sergent, contributing writer for The Spinoff, explored how Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey is being used and subverted by popular television shows such as Game of Thrones and Gangs of London. Referring to the stages in the Hero’s Journey, Sergent…

Using Campbell in Scientific Storytelling

Oxford PhD student, Josh Ettinger cites Joseph Campbell and his book, The Hero With a Thousand Faces, as powerful resources for storytelling within the sciences. In an article for Nature.com, Ettinger states, “When scientists describe their research to audiences outside…

The Bachelor as Monomyth?

Vulture writer, Olivia Crandall, recently made her case that hit TV show, The Bachelor, closely follows Joseph Campbell’s monomyth. “Simba, Harry Potter, Peter Weber. What do these young pups have in common? No, it’s not battling nefarious scars but rather existing…

UNC-Duke Basketball and Joseph Campbell

“A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow…

Star Wars and The Hero With a Thousand Faces

“It’s no secret that Star Wars director George Lucas was profoundly influenced by comparative mythologist and literature professor Joseph Campbell and his seminal work The Hero With A Thousand Faces (1949). In case you don’t know what that book contains, here’s a very brief summary of…

Campbell Inspires Festival in Gyaan Adab

Hina Siddiqui, programme coordinator of The Heroine’s Journey Festival, says, “The objective of the programme is to start a dialogue towards evolving the representation of women and femme people in the arts and media. Through the festival, we hope to…

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