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Joseph Campbell's Sarah Lawrence Mythology Class Reading List

This list comprises a master reading list for Campbell's famous Introduction to Mythology class, which he taught at Sarah Lawrence College from the late 1930s to the mid-1970s. This reading list gives a sense of the material covered in this class, but also an insight into the authors and books that most influenced Campbell in his own thinking. It has been published in The Mythic Dimension: Selected Essays 1959–1987.
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Ovid's Metamorphoses
Ovid's Metamorphoses
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The Golden Bough (James George Frazer)
The Golden Bough (James George Frazer)
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The Elementary Forms of Religious Life (Émile Durkheim)
The Elementary Forms of Religious Life (Émile Durkheim)
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How Natives Think (Lucien Lévy-Bruhl)
How Natives Think (Lucien Lévy-Bruhl)
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The Interpretation of Dreams (Sigmund Freud)
The Interpretation of Dreams (Sigmund Freud)
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Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality
Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality
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Totem and Taboo (Sigmund Freud)
Totem and Taboo (Sigmund Freud)
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Moses and Monotheism (Sigmund Freud)
Moses and Monotheism (Sigmund Freud)
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The Integration of the Personality (Carl Jung)
The Integration of the Personality (Carl Jung)
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The Secret of the Golden Flower (Tr. Richard Wilhelm)
The Secret of the Golden Flower (Tr. Richard Wilhelm)
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The Tibetan Book of the Dead
The Tibetan Book of the Dead
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The Dance of Shiva: Fourteen Essays (Ananda K. Coomaraswamy)
The Dance of Shiva: Fourteen Essays (Ananda K. Coomaraswamy)
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Bhagavad Gita
Bhagavad Gita
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The Book of Tea (Kakuzo Okakura)
The Book of Tea (Kakuzo Okakura)
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The Way of Zen (Alan Watts)
The Way of Zen (Alan Watts)
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Zen in the Art of Archery (Eugen Herrigel)
Zen in the Art of Archery (Eugen Herrigel)
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Tao Te Ching
Tao Te Ching
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The Art of War (Sun Tzu)
The Art of War (Sun Tzu)
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The Analects (Confucius)
The Analects (Confucius)
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The Great Digest & the Unwobbling Pivot (Confucius)
The Great Digest & the Unwobbling Pivot (Confucius)
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They Wrote on Clay: The Babylonian Tablets Speak (Edward Chiera)
They Wrote on Clay: The Babylonian Tablets Speak (Edward Chiera)
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The Birth of Tragedy (Friedrich Nietzsche)
The Birth of Tragedy (Friedrich Nietzsche)
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New Testament (Various Authors)
New Testament (Various Authors)
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Prometheus Bound (Aeschylus)
Prometheus Bound (Aeschylus)
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Hippolytus
Hippolytus
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Alcestis
Alcestis
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Oedipus the King (Sophocles)
Oedipus the King (Sophocles)
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Phaedrus (Plato)
Phaedrus (Plato)
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The Symposium (Plato)
The Symposium (Plato)
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The Quran
The Quran
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The Arabian Nights (Anonymous)
The Arabian Nights (Anonymous)
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Beowulf
Beowulf
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The Prose Edda (Sturlulson)
The Prose Edda (Sturlulson)
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The Poetic Edda: The Mythological Poems
The Poetic Edda: The Mythological Poems
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The Mabinogion (Jeffrey Gantz (Translator))
The Mabinogion (Jeffrey Gantz (Translator))
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Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales (Brothers Grimm)
Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales (Brothers Grimm)
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Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres (Henry Adams)
Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres (Henry Adams)
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Race, Language, and Culture (Franz Boas)
Race, Language, and Culture (Franz Boas)
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Tonio Kroger (Thomas Mann)
Tonio Kroger (Thomas Mann)
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Tales of the North American Indians (Stith Thompson)
Tales of the North American Indians (Stith Thompson)
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