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Saturday, July 4, 2009

A Lifetime Reading List a la Joseph Campbell

This reading list was developed by Joseph Campbell for his Mythology class at Sarah Lawrence College. It was published in Appendix 2 of The Mythic Dimension, edited by Antony Van Couvering.

There is a well-known story associated with this list (or one like it). One of Campbell's students stood up in class and challenged him, saying she didn't see how he expected them to get through all this in a semester. "We do have other classes, you know," etc. etc.

Campbell replied by saying that she had misunderstood him. The list wasn't meant to be read that semester; they had the rest of their lives to read it!

So here is a lifetime reading list a la Joseph Campbell.


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