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 subject for him either, I was delighted to come across this recent essay in the Huffington Post, a significantly better-credentialed academic perspective on Campbell’s mono-magnum opus.

Just because it’s the primary story that our culture likes to tell itself about itself, doesn’t make it the only story worth telling.

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