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Critiquing the Monomyth: The Power of Myth

May 03, 2021 Jennifer Fain and Paige Downey Season 3 Episode 9
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Critiquing the Monomyth: The Power of Myth
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The Power of Myth
29:16
Paige Presents Fun with Comics
33:51
Critiques of The Power of Myth
47:36
Creative's Corner
52:23
Discussion
Big Book Energy
Critiquing the Monomyth: The Power of Myth
May 03, 2021 Season 3 Episode 9
Jennifer Fain and Paige Downey

For Jennifer's final episode of the season, she has chosen a slightly different pick with the Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell. Tune in as she analyzes Campbell's theories on comparative mythology.

The Power of Myth, by Joseph Campbell

Resources Jennifer used:

Paige Presents Fun with Comics: Descender by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen.

Creative’s Corner: Paige serves another mythology knockout with YouTube channel Fortress of Lugh.

Discussion Questions

  • Campbell says, “We can’t have a mythology for a long, long time to come. Things are changing too fast to become mythologized” (38). Do you agree with this statement? If there is a modern mythology, what would it be?
  • Campbell argues that there are four functions of myths, but that the fourth one is most important for us today: pedagogical. Meaning that myths teach us “how to live a human lifetime under any circumstances” (39). What do you think? What have myths taught you in your life?
  • What do you think of the concept of the monomyth (the hero’s journey)? Is it truly as all-encompassing as Campbell made it out to be?

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Show Notes Chapter Markers

For Jennifer's final episode of the season, she has chosen a slightly different pick with the Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell. Tune in as she analyzes Campbell's theories on comparative mythology.

The Power of Myth, by Joseph Campbell

Resources Jennifer used:

Paige Presents Fun with Comics: Descender by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen.

Creative’s Corner: Paige serves another mythology knockout with YouTube channel Fortress of Lugh.

Discussion Questions

  • Campbell says, “We can’t have a mythology for a long, long time to come. Things are changing too fast to become mythologized” (38). Do you agree with this statement? If there is a modern mythology, what would it be?
  • Campbell argues that there are four functions of myths, but that the fourth one is most important for us today: pedagogical. Meaning that myths teach us “how to live a human lifetime under any circumstances” (39). What do you think? What have myths taught you in your life?
  • What do you think of the concept of the monomyth (the hero’s journey)? Is it truly as all-encompassing as Campbell made it out to be?

Support the Pod

  • Find us on Instagram
  • Find us on Twitter
  • Don’t forget to leave us a review if you are enjoying the pod.
  • If you are interested in being on the show, check out the Book Elder tier on our Patreon

*Some of the links above are affiliate links and we will receive commission from any purchases made through them*



Support the show (https://patreon.com/BigBookEnergy)

The Power of Myth
Paige Presents Fun with Comics
Critiques of The Power of Myth
Creative's Corner
Discussion