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Cooper, T. (2004). The Return of King Arthur: Finishing the Quest for Wholeness, Inner Strength, and Self-Knowledge. By Diana Durham. New York: Tarcher/ penguin, 2004, 336 pp.. Psychoanal. Rev., 91(5):714-717.

(2004). Psychoanalytic Review, 91(5):714-717

The Return of King Arthur: Finishing the Quest for Wholeness, Inner Strength, and Self-Knowledge. By Diana Durham. New York: Tarcher/ penguin, 2004, 336 pp.

Review by:
Thomas Cooper

Robert Johnson, Joseph Campbell, Richard Heinberg, and Mircea Eliade are among those interdisciplinary thinkers who proclaim that myth ought be taken seriously. Indeed, Karl Jung observed that mythic archetypes can transport us to not only deeper individual but also fuller societal self-revelation as well.

It is instructive to note that for many indigenous nations myth is not a fictive by-product. For them myth is history, and not merely a veiled history that conveys how things were but a precise one that explains how things are. More Westernized scholarly studies such as semiology, cultural anthropology, social psychology, religious studies, and comparative literature have also been known to take myth seriously. Mythic structure and symbol can be portals to embedded meaning.

Diana

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