Ecstasy of Being, The : Mythology and Dance
Dance was one of mythologist Joseph Campbell's wide-ranging passions. His wife, Jean Erdman, was a leading figure in modern dance who worked with Martha Graham and had Merce Cunningham in her first company. When Campbell retired from teaching in 1972, he and Erdman formed the Theater of the Open Eye, where for nearly fifteen years they presented a wide array of dance and theater productions, lectures, and performance pieces.
The Ecstasy of Being brings together seven of Campbell's previously uncollected articles on dance, along with "Mythology and Form in the Performing and Visual Arts," the treatise that he was working on when he died, published here for the first time.
In this new collection Campbell explores the rise of modern art and dance in the twentieth century; delves into the work and philosophy of Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, and others; and, as always, probes the idea of art as "the funnel through which spirit is poured into life." This book offers the reader an accessible, yet profound and provocative, insight into Campbell's lifelong fascination with the relationship of myth to aesthetic form and human psychology.
- Hardback | 256 pages
- 140 x 216 x 20.57mm | 453.59g
- 18 Dec 2017
- NEW WORLD LIBRARY
- Novato, CA, United States
- black and white photographs and illustrations throughout
Other books in this series
16 Jun 2015
30 Apr 2013
09 Nov 2012
22 Mar 2016
08 Apr 2016
09 Mar 2018
22 Mar 2016
-- Journal of Dance Education
Praise for Joseph Campbell
"No one in our century -- not Freud, not Thomas Mann, not Lévi-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."
About Nancy Allison
Throughout his life, he traveled extensively and wrote prolifically, authoring many books, including the classic The Hero with a Thousand Faces, the four-volume series The Masks of God, Myths to Live By, The Inner Reaches of Outer Space, and The Historical Atlas of World Mythology. Campbell died in 1987. In 1988, a series of television interviews, Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth with Bill Moyers, introduced his views to millions of people.