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Madness at the Gates of the City: The Myth of American Innocence (New)
by Spector, Barry
Book ID: 9781587901737, 1587901730
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As the post-modern world lurches toward the disasters and bereavements that signal the end of an age, we turn to myth to comprehend the elemental forces that move through our lives, to know who we are, to understand which stories inform our consciousness. Madness at the Gates of the City, writes Robert Johnson in his introduction, shows how America regularly re-enacts old patterns that cause us to subvert our goals and miss the deeper meaning in events. But by looking at American history, politics and popular culture through the lenses of Greek mythology, indigenous wisdom and archetypal psychology, the author discovers new hope in very old ways of thinking. This book should appeal to anyone interested in myth, Classics, history, psychology or progressive politics.
"In this disturbing and evocative book, Barry Spector offers us a trenchant commentary on the ignorance, pathos and shadows residing in the American addiction to innocence. Mythologically wise and instructive, the author gives us keys to the hidden kingdom, and the potential to participate in an emerging new and creative story as we once again join forces with the genius inherent in myth and the guidance and warnings that it holds. This is a work that should be read by anyone who wants to make a difference. To respond and become proactive in the mythic tasks that are now upon us, our basic human nature is challenged by Spector to deepen, discover, evolve. We must become mything links." -- Jean Houston, author of A Mythic Life
"Barry Spector's book is a strikingly imaginative rumination on our society, reaching back into Greek mythology to illuminate the world today. It is a fascinating blend of literature, history and myth, and while we have had many critiques of contemporary America, his is unique in the way it draws upon the Greek gods to examine, with devastating accuracy, our present deities of war and greed. This is truly an original work." -- Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States
"Thebes with his cousin, the god Dionysus who shows up at the gates of the city with the liberating blessings of madness as a stranger who is no stranger at all as the paradigm for a devastating psychoanalytical critique of contemporary America s attitudes towards the imagined outsider. The power of myth is that it is eternal, and Spector not only offers much to contemplate about today's society, but also new perspectives upon an ancient classic, Euripides tragedy of the Bacchants." -- Carl Ruck, Professor of Classics, Boston University, co-author of The Road to Eleusis: Unveiling the Secret of the Mysteries and Persephone's Quest: Entheogens and the Origins of Religion
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