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Re: [mythsoc] Re: Re: Fantasy Explosion

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  • Sophie Masson
    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
    Message 1 of 2 , Sep 1, 2000
      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.
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      -----Original Message-----
      From: Melinda Jane Harrison <jharrison3@...>
      To: mythsoc@egroups.com <mythsoc@egroups.com>
      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
      >is exactly
      >in these times of twilight where people come out of insularity and are
      >forced to
      >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
      >it's not
      >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
      >Greene? Not
      >fantasy, but certainly religious. And very profound at that. I marvel at
      >his writings.
      >The Mythopoeic Society website http://www.mythsoc.org
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