Somewhere I Have Never Travelled: The Hero's Journey by Thomas Van NortwickSomewhere I Have Never Travelled: The Hero's Journey by Thomas Van Nortwick

Somewhere I Have Never Travelled: The Hero's Journey

byThomas Van Nortwick

Paperback | June 1, 1995

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The ancient hero's quest for glory offers metaphors for our own struggles to reach personal integrity and wholeness. In this compelling book, Van Nortwick traces the heroic journeys in three seminal works of ancient epic poetry, The Epic of Gilgamesh, Homer's Iliad, and Virgil's Aeneid. Inparticular, he focuses on the relationship of the hero to one or more second selves, or alter egos, showing how the poems address central truths about the cost of heroic self-assertion: that the pursuit of glory can lead to alienation from one's own deepest self, and that spiritual wholeness canonly be achieved by confronting what appears, at first, to be the very negation of that self. With his unique combination of literary, psychological, and spiritual insights, Van Nortwick demonstrates the relevance of ancient literature to enduring human problems and to contemporary issues. Somewhere I Have never Travelled will interest anyone who wishes to explore the roots of human behavior and the relationship between life and art.
Thomas Van Nortwick is at Oberlin College.
Title:Somewhere I Have Never Travelled: The Hero's JourneyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.25 × 6.14 × 0.67 inPublished:June 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195101278

ISBN - 13:9780195101270


Editorial Reviews

"If we want a sympathetic, humane, and correct view of Achilles and the repellent Agamemnon, as well as the typically brutal Apollo, this is the book of choice."--Professor J.C. Hogan, Allegheny College