About What “Monomythic” Means

Monomyth is a term coined (if not created) by Joseph monomythcoverCampbell, a self-taught folklorist who took concepts of anthropology and applied them to the tales of heroes. He was not the first to do this, Otto Rank, Vladimir Propp and Lord FitzRoy Richard Somerset (the Fourth Baron Raglan), among others, developed their own methods for chronicling traditional folktales or mythological legends, but Campbell’s effort was to cast the net as broadly as possible. His monomyth was meant to be applied to any tale, from Sleeping Beauty to the New Testament, and it has been applied to modern heroic stories. George Lucas and the Wachowski brothers both made conscious efforts to tie their epics to Campbell’s guidelines.

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The monomyth, also known as “the Hero’s Journey,” is often summarized in simpler forms to make it more understandable, using Campbell’s chapter names as guideposts. You can find explanations for what it means all over the net, so I won’t go into too much detail, but I figured I should explain what a “monomyth” is so you could get a better idea of what I mean by “monomythic.”

Essentially, this site is dedicated to everything iconic about the hero, and every version and evolution of the hero myth – from ancient poems in dead languages to blockbuster movies, colorful super-heroes and state-of-the-art video games.

Kind of a cheat, I know, but that allows me (and anyone else who writes for the site) to talk about just about anything, from radio to books to movies. There will be regular features like spotlights on rare comic book characters, analysis of little known myths and cult aspects of science fiction and fantasy. Later there will be opinion columns, reviews, original art and maybe original short stories.

Let me know what I can do to make it better.

Kevin Garcia

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4 comments

  1. Hey, I was wondering if you had a higher quality version of the image on this page (the cartoon version of the journey) When I enlarge, the picture gets so pixelated I can’t read it, or the original author’s name.

    thanks :)

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