it's a great life, if you don't weaken (matociquala) wrote,
it's a great life, if you don't weaken

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I'm a Yankee. *g* We don't ask personal questions. Although if I were to ask everybody reading this one question--hmm. How about, "What is the perfect book that lives in your head? What's it like? Where is it set? Who is it about? How does it feel, and what does it explore, and what questions does it it ask? How is it written?"

I prefer Robert Bly's mythography and his sense of how fairy tales work to Campbell's or Eliade's, personally. Eliade's mostly discredited these days, and Campbell is widely misunderstood and kind of surfacey. (And Bly pretty widely misunderstood as a sort of apologist for patriarcy, which is not how I read him at all--although some of his adherents don't seem at all to get from his books what I do.)

If you want to take the whole thing back further, you can talk about Yeats and so forth, but frankly, I've forgotten most of the mythopoetic theory I ever learned. (There's also a flaw in a lot of what, third-generation mythography in that it gets prescriptive rather than descriptive. It's one thing to say that fairy tales often express themselves in a certain pattern of ways--echoes of Innana's Descent, say--and another to say that they must do so.)

We're all ripping off Jung, and it's pretty much all bullshit, anyway. Except in the ways in which fairy tales are desperately, authentically true. (And a lot of people who claim they are writing archetypes are, well, writing crappily characterized cardboard. Sorry, but it's true.)

And Jung's in disgrace currently as well. *g*
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