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The Monomyth of American Science Fiction Films:  28 Visions of the Hero's Journey

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The Monomyth of American Science Fiction Films: 28 Visions of the Hero's Journey

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Author: Donald E. Palumbo
Publisher: McFarland & Company, 2014
Series: Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy: Book 48

1. Worlds Apart?
2. Tolkien and Shakespeare
3. Culture, Identities and Technology in the Star Wars Films
4. The Influence of Star Trek on Television, Film, and Culture
5. Hugo Gernsback and the Century of Science Fiction
6. One Earth, One People
7. Evolution of Tolkien's Mythology
8. H. Beam Piper: A Biography
9. Dreams and Nightmares
10. Lilith in a New Light
11. Feminist Narrative and the Supernatural
12. The Science of Fiction and the Fiction of Science
13. Kim Stanley Robinson Maps the Unimaginable
14. The Inter-Galactic Playground
15. Science Fiction from Qu├ębec
16. Science Fiction and the Two Cultures
17. Stephen R. Donaldson and the Modern Epic Vision
18. Ursula K. Le Guin's Journey to Post-Feminism
19. Portals of Power
20. The Animal Fable in Science Fiction and Fantasy
21. Illuminating Torchwood
22. Comics as a Nexus of Cultures
23. The Anatomy of Utopia
24. The Anticipation Novelists of 1950s French Science Fiction
25. The Twilight Mystique
26. The Mythic Fantasy of Robert Holdstock
27. Science Fiction and the Prediction of the Future
28. Apocalypse in Australian Fiction and Film
29. British Science Fiction Film and Television
30. Cult Telefantasy
31. The Postnational Fantasy
32. Heinlein's Juvenile Novels
33. Welsh Mythology and Folklore in Popular Culture
34. I See You
35. Of Bread, Blood and the Hunger Games
36. The Sex is Out of This World
37. Lois McMaster Bujold
38. Girls Transforming
39. Doctor Who in Time and Space
40. The Worlds of Farscape
41. Orbiting Ray Bradbury's Mars
42. The Heritage of Heinlein
43. The Past That Might Have Been, the Future That May Come
44. Environments in Science Fiction
45. Discworld and the Disciplines
46. Nature and the Numinous in Mythopoeic Fantasy Literature
47. J. R. R. Tolkien, Robert E. Howard and the Birth of Modern Fantasy
48. The Monomyth of American Science Fiction Films
49. The Fantastic in Holocaust Literature and Film
50. Star Wars in the Public Square
51. An Asimov Companion
52. Michael Moorcock
53. The Last Midnight
54. The Science Fiction Mythmakers
55. Gender and the Quest in British Science Fiction Television
56. Saving the World Through Science Fiction
57. Wells Meets Deleuze
58. Science Fiction and Futurism
59. Science Fiction in Classic Rock
60. Patricia A. McKillip and the Art of Fantasy World-Building
61. The Fabulous Journeys of Alice and Pinocchio
62. A Dune Companion
63. Fantasy Literature and Christianity
64. The British Comic Book Invasion
65. The Archive Incarnate
66. Women's Space
67. Hailing Frequencies Open
68. The Global Vampire
69. Philip K. Dick

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One of the great intellectual achievements of the 20th century, Joseph Campbell's The Hero with a Thousand Faces is an elaborate articulation of the monomyth: the narrative pattern underlying countless stories from the most ancient myths and legends to the films and television series of today. The monomyth's fundamental storyline, in Campbell's words, sees "the hero venture forth from the world of the common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons to his fellow man." Campbell asserted that the hero is each of us--thus the monomyth's endurance as a compelling plot structure.

This study examines the monomyth in the context of Campbell's The Hero and discusses the use of this versatile narrative in 26 films and two television shows produced between 1960 and 2009, including the initial Star Wars trilogy (1977-1983), The Time Machine (1960), Logan's Run (1976), Escape from New York (1981), Tron (1982), The Terminator (1984), The Matrix (1999), the first 11 Star Trek films (1979-2009), and the Sci Fi Channel's miniseries Frank Herbert's Dune (2000) and Frank Herbert's Children of Dune (2003).


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