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The innateness of myth : a new interpretation of Joseph Campbell's reception of C.G. Jung

Author: Ritske Rensma
Publisher: Continuum, New York ; London : Continuum, ©2009.
Series: Continuum advances in religious studies.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
Joseph Campbell (1904-1988) was one of the most well-known and popular scholars of myth and comparative religion of the twentieth century. His work, however, has never fully received the same amount of scholarly interest and critical reflection that some of his contemporaries have received. In this book, based on extensive research in the Joseph Campbell Archive in Santa Barbara, Ritske Rensma shows that reflecting  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Rensma, Ritske.
Innateness of myth.
New York ; London : Continuum, ©2009
(DLC) 2009010752
Named Person: Joseph Campbell; C G Jung; Joseph Campbell; C G Jung
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ritske Rensma
ISBN: 9781441115836 1441115838
OCLC Number: 592756175
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 224 pages)
Contents: Points of departure --
Jung's influence on Joseph Campbell --
Overview of book structure --
Methodological reflection --
My hopes for this book --
Part one. Jung --
The development of Jung's ideas --
Early developments --
'On the nature of the psyche' --
Synchronicity --
The ideas of Anthony Stevens --
Archetype --
Why religion? --
Conclusion --
Part two. Campbell --
Campbell's life --
Boyhood and student years --
Development of core ideas --
Professional career --
Phases one and two of Campbell's career --
Which books by Jung did Campbell own? --
Phase one (1943-1959) --
Phase two (1959-1968) --
Phase three of Campbell's career --
Establishing proof for the Jungian turn --
Reasons for the Jungian turn --
The metaphysical theme in phase three --
Stevens and Campbell : thefinal verdict --
Conclusion --
The model of the three phases : a summary --
Overview and close analysis of my most important arguments --
Campbell as a post-Jungian --
Reflections on the potential benefits of my findings.
Series Title: Continuum advances in religious studies.
Responsibility: Ritske Rensma.


A study of Joseph Campbell (1904-1988), a popular scholar of myth and comparative religion of the 20th century. It shows that reflecting on C G Jung's influence on Campbell furthers our understanding  Read more...


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"Going beyond the conventional paralleling of Campbell with Jung, Ritske Rensma argues that Campbell's view of Jung went through three stages. At first, Campbell granted Jung and Freud equal Read more...

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