Jane, i think you're quite right. It is in the twilight that newways of
being are made: and I think that in some ways we got rid of a lot of 'dead
wood' in the rather destructive 60's and 70's and so on--we are much more
conscious now of things such as women's rights, racism, etc, but also moving
out of the all-destruction-is-good phase, and we are wanting the old along
with the new. My feeling, as a 41 year old optimist who like Lizzie went
through the wasteland of my thirties and come out feeling refreshed, ready
for anything, and full of hope, is that we all have a part to play in this
new way of seeing--a new way of seeing which is also very old, built on old
things, the beauty of old stories but with our own perspective on it.
From: Melinda Jane Harrison <jharrison3@...
Date: Saturday, 2 September 2000 2:13
Subject: [mythsoc] Re: Re: Fantasy Explosion
>>to go into schools to talk about myth,legend, and traditional
>>stories..more and more people are finding meaning again in these things,
>.... so now perhaps fantasy, so long an
>>undercurrent, is coming up to reinvigorate a society which has exhausted
>>itself through modernism
>This is exactly what I am going to do this year for the first time.
>Although I often feel my culture (western and American) is in twilight, it
>in these times of twilight where people come out of insularity and are
>recognize others in the world, their habits and customs, etc. So I believe
>people are interested. They teach mythology as an elective here. Too bad
>required. They ought to teach comparative religion of some kind, and
>let students view various religions at the high school level.
>This year I am doing myths, fairy tales, folklore that have to do with the
>soul, it's journey, descent and ascent, hence my study in Mystery
>Religions. However, we will be doing Sleeping
>Beauty, <g> another variant of the soul's journey.
>For Lizzie: Have you ever read The Darkangel Trilogy by Meredith Anne
>I am rereading these now, and certainly they are darker, but they have
>themes you might
>be searching for, but in a less obvious way than Lewis and company, and the
>ones you first
>mentioned. But this is a trilogy that I am going to promote in my talks
>this year, for
>various reasons I won't discuss here. BTW, have you ever read Graham
>fantasy, but certainly religious. And very profound at that. I marvel at
>The Mythopoeic Society website http://www.mythsoc.org