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The Ecstasy of Being

Mythology and Dance
Hardcover Book
Publisher: 
New World Library
 | 
November, 2017
ISBN:
9781608683666
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$35.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Many know Joseph Campbell as the charming, erudite, best-professor-you-ever-had figure chatting with Bill Moyers in theThe Power of Myth series. But Campbell's posthumously published Collected Works (500,000 copies sold) reveal a perhaps unsuspected range of interests and knowledge.The Ecstasy of Being is a prime example. Modern dance was the profession of Campbell's wife, Jean Erdman (she was a principle dancer in Martha Graham’s dance company), and the project the pair collaborated on when Campbell retired from teaching and the couple formed their Theater of the Open Eye. In these writings Campbell explores the rise of modern art and dance in the 20th century; delves into the work and philosophy of Isadora Duncan; and, as ever, probes the idea of art as the funnel through which spirit is poured into life.

The mask, the costume, and the living of the role through to the end: by this device man detached himself from his personal pains and joys—just as a dancer does in a dance. Human life was literally sublimated, and man’s body became, as it were, the vehicle of a god; that is to say, a symbol of the play of eternity in time. No matter what we today may think of this as a mode of life for rational beings, it is from the ages when live was lived that way that we inherit the very idea of art.

Included are seven articles and lectures on dance as well as the book Campbell was working on when he died—“Mythology and Form,” a provocative exploration of the relationship of myth to aesthetic form and human physiology, published here for the first time.

Publisher’s Description: 

Many know Joseph Campbell as the charming, erudite, best-professor-you-ever-had figure chatting with Bill Moyers in theThe Power of Myth series. But Campbell's posthumously published Collected Works (500,000 copies sold) reveal a perhaps unsuspected range of interests and knowledge.The Ecstasy of Being is a prime example. Modern dance was the profession of Campbell's wife, Jean Erdman, and the project the pair collaborated on when Campbell retired from teaching and the couple formed their Theater of the Open Eye. In these writings Campbell explores the rise of modern art and dance in the 20th century; delves into the work and philosophy of Isadora Duncan; and, as ever, probes the idea of art as the funnel through which spirit is poured into life.""

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