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The seven basic plots of literature

Author: Christopher Booker
Publisher: New York ; London : Continuum, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this work, the author proposes his thesis about the nature of storytelling, showing that there are a number of basic themes which continually reappear in the storytelling of mankind, shaping tales  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Stories, plots, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Booker
ISBN: 0826452094 9780826452092
OCLC Number: 59539849
Description: 420 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction and Historical Note; Part One: The Seven Gateways to the Underworld; Prologue; 1. Overcoming the Monster; 2. The Monster and The Thrilling Escape from Death; 3. Rags to Riches; 4. The Quest; 5. Voyage and Return; 6. Comedy; 7. Comedy (II); 8. Tragedy; 9. Tragedy (II)- The Divided Self; 10. Tragedy (III); 11. Rebirth; 12. The Dark Power - From Shadow Into Light; Epilogue: The Rule of Three; Part Two: The Complete Happy Ending; Prologue; 13. The Dark Figures; 14. Seeing Whole; 15. The Perfect Balance; 16. The Unrealized Value; 17. The Archetypal Family Drama (II); 18. The Light Figures; 19. Reaching the Goal; 20. The Fatal Flaw; Part Three: Missing the Mark; 21. Enter the Dark Inversion; 22. The Ego Takes Over (I); 23. The Ego Takes Over (II); 24. The Ego Takes Over (III); 25. Losing the Plot; 26. Going Nowhere; 27. Why Sex and Violence? 28. Rebellion Against the One; 29. The Mystery; 30. The Riddle of the Sphinx; Part Four: Why We Tell Stories; 31. Telling Us Who We Are; 32. Into the Real World; 33. Of Gods and Men; 34. The Age of Loki; Epilogue
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