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The Ecstasy of Being: Mythology and Dance

Nancy Allison

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New World Library
01 January 2018
Religion & beliefs; Sociology & anthropology
Many know Joseph Campbell as the charming, erudite, best-professor-you-ever-had figure chatting with Bill Moyers in the The Power of Myth series. But Campbell's posthumously published Collected Works (500,000 copies sold) reveal a perhaps unsuspected range of interests and knowledge. The Ecstasy of Being is a prime example. Modern dance was the profession of Campbell's wife, Jean Erdman, and the project the pair collaborated on when Campbell retired from teaching and the couple formed their Theater of the Open Eye. In these writings Campbell explores the rise of modern art and dance in the 20th century; delves into the work and philosophy of Isadora Duncan; and, as ever, probes the idea of art as the funnel through which spirit is poured into life.
By:   Nancy Allison
Imprint:   New World Library
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 140mm, 
ISBN:   9781608683666
ISBN 10:   1608683664
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   01 January 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Joseph Campbell (1904 - 1987) is widely credited with bringing mythology to a mass audience. His works, including The Masks of God and The Hero with a Thousand Faces are bona fide classics. Dancer, choreographer, and filmmaker Nancy Allison is the artistic director of Jean Erdman Dance.

Reviews for The Ecstasy of Being: Mythology and Dance

Praise for Joseph Campbell No one in our century -- not Freud, not Thomas Mann, not Levi-Strauss -- has so brought the mythical sense of the world and its eternal figures back into our everyday consciousness. -- James Hillman Campbell has become the rarest of intellectuals in American life: a serious thinker who has been embraced by the popular culture. -- Newsweek Campbell has become one of the rarest intellectuals in American life: a serious thinker embraced by popular culture. -- Newsweek In our generation the mythographer who has had the fullest command of the huge scholarly literature, the analytic ability, the lucid prose, and the needed staying power has been Joseph Campbell. -- Commentary Campbell has become one of the rarest of intellectuals in American life: a serious thinker who has been embraced by the popular culture. -- Newsweek In our generation the mythographer who has had the fullest command of the huge scholarly literature, the analytic ability, the lucid prose, and the needed staying power has been Joseph Campbell. -- Commentary Campbell has become one of the rarest of intellectuals in American life: a serious thinker who has been embraced by the popular culture. Newsweek In our generation the mythographer who has had the fullest command of the huge scholarly literature, the analytic ability, the lucid prose, and the needed staying power has been Joseph Campbell. Commentary


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