The flight of the wild gander: by Joseph Campbell

— review by Phillip Fitzsimmons

18 October 2021 | Mythlore, Volume 40, № 1, 256

The Flight of the Wild Gander: Explorations in the Mythological Dimension: Selected Essays, 1944 – 1968 is a 2018 addition to The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell series. This volume of essays begins with a history of the Grimm brothers and fairy tales, moves on to the author’s ideas on the role of society to the development of mythologies, and ends with the secularization of the sacred. This book would go nicely with his The Mythic Dimension: Selected Essays 1959 – 1987, a 2017 reissue of the volume, also for The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell series. Both books develop similar themes about mythology using psychology and anthropology as a joint lens for his analysis.

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