Category: campbell

Seven Stories

I recently attended the wedding of an old friend of my wife. It was a well-put-together event, a fairly standard example of the genre, and though I don’t know the people getting married terribly well, I felt an upwelling of emotion at a few important points in the ceremony. A wedding is a narrative genre: it has a beginning, a…

More on the Myth of Monomyth

When I wrote this in 2013 about Joseph Campbell’s compelling Hero’s Journey theory (which has become the basis for most mainstream blockbuster filmmaking), I felt a bit like a voice crying out in the wilderness. We may all be sick of the reluctant-gifted-hero-goes-on-quest storyline, but it seem pretty non-negotiable as the Narrative of Our Times. Though it’s probably not a new…