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John Shelton Lawrence is an emeritus professor of philosophy at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, United States. His initial major publication, The American Monomyth, written with Robert Jewett, was published in 1977. A professor is a senior teacher and researcher, usually in a college or university. ... Philosophy, (Greek: Φιλοσοφία, philo-sophia, love of wisdom) // Meaning and use of Philosophy The word once included all forms of knowledge, and all methods for attaining it. ... Morningside College is a liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church in Sioux City, Iowa. ... Location in Iowa Founded Incorporated 1854 1857  County Woodbury County Mayor Karen VanDeSteeg Area  - Total  - Water 144. ...


The major contibution of The American Monomyth is a re-working of Joseph Campbell's famous monomyth from his 1949 book The Hero With a Thousand Faces. Campbell's monomyth described a universal narrative of the myth of the hero's journey. Lawrence and Jewett described an American version of this mythological structure built around a laspe in democratic institutions and violent actions on the part of a hero who remains seperate from the community. This mythological structure varies significantly from Campbell's ideas in which the hero returns to the community with some kind of signifanct aid and becomes a member of that community. Joseph Campbell (March 26, 1904 – October 30, 1987) was an American professor, writer, and orator best known for his work in the fields of comparative mythology and comparative religion. ... The monomyth (often referred to as the Heros Journey) is the cyclical journey undertaken by the standard mythological hero, as described by Joseph Campbell in his book The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1948). ...


Their work examines American mythology from the founding English colonies, the American frontier ideology, and biblical underpinnings of American mass culture. Look up English in Wiktionary, the free dictionary As an adjective, English refers to anything from or pertaining to England. ... An ideology is a collection of ideas. ... The Bible (From Greek βιβλια—biblia, meaning books, which in turn is derived from βυβλος—byblos meaning papyrus, from the ancient Phoenician city of Byblos which exported papyrus) is the sacred scripture of Christianity. ...


Lawrence and Jewett have since further expanded these initial ideas in two books. The Myth of the American Superhero describes the American monomyth in terms of American mass culture. Captain America and the Dilemma of Zealeous Nationalism (with Jewett listed as first author) utilizes religious sources and uses the American Monomyth concept to understand the American reaction after the events of September 11, 2001. The two books work together to suggest a mythological analysis of American culture in ways that account for religion, political history, mass (or popular) culture and are well regarded both in the United States and in Europe where they are read as a means of understanding American foreign policy. The World Trade Center on fire The September 11, 2001 attacks were a series of coordinated terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001. ... Look up Culture in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Wikinews has news related to this article: Culture and entertainment Dictionary of the History of Ideas: Cultural Development in Antiquity Dictionary of the History of Ideas: Culture and Civilization in Modern Times Classificatory system for cultures and civilizations, by Dr. Sam Vaknin... A satellite composite image of Europe Europe is the worlds second-smallest continent in terms of area, covering around 10,790,000 km² (4,170,000 sq mi) or 2. ... Foreign Policy is a bimonthly American magazine founded in 1970 by Samuel P. Huntington and Warren Demian Manshel. ...


John Shelton Lawrence is also known for his work on the ethics of computer media for academic use and has written The Electronic Scholar : A Guide to Academic Microcomputing. Though published in 1985 it remains useful as it suggests many of the ethical issues that would arise with the advent of the internet.


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  • John Shelton Lawrence's web site

 
 

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