Joseph Campbell

American mythologist, writer and lecturer (1904–1987) / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Joseph John Campbell (March 26, 1904 – October 30, 1987) was an American writer. He was a professor of literature at Sarah Lawrence College who worked in comparative mythology and comparative religion. His work covers many aspects of the human experience. Campbell's best-known work is his book The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949), in which he discusses his theory of the journey of the archetypal hero shared by world mythologies, termed the monomyth.

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Joseph John Campbell

(1904-03-26)March 26, 1904
DiedOctober 30, 1987(1987-10-30) (aged 83)
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
(m. 1938)
Academic background
EducationDartmouth College
Columbia University (BA, MA)
Academic advisorsRoger Sherman Loomis[1]
Academic work
Sub-disciplineComparative mythology
InstitutionsSarah Lawrence College
Notable worksThe Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949)
Notable ideasMonomyth

Since the publication of The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Campbell's theories have been applied by a wide variety of modern writers and artists. His philosophy has been summarized by his own often repeated phrase: "Follow your bliss."[6] He gained recognition in Hollywood when George Lucas credited Campbell's work as influencing his Star Wars saga.[7]

Campbell's approach to folklore topics such as myth and his influence on popular culture has been the subject of criticism, especially from academic folklorists.[8][9][10]

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