The Cosmogonic Cycle: Transformations

This is the second stage of the cosmogonic cycle. An overview of the cycle can be found here, and as usual, all quotations are from Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces unless otherwise noted. As Joseph Campbell explains, “the first effect of the cosmogonic emanations is the framing of the world stage.” In Emanations, the… Continue Reading

The Cosmogonic Cycle: Emanations

In case you need it: here’s a quick overview of the entire Cosmogonic Cycle. Once again, all quotes unless otherwise noted are from The Hero with a Thousand Faces. The beginning stage of the cosmogonic cycle, emanations are the creation myths of the world, of which there are many forms. One of the most recurrent… Continue Reading

The Cosmogonic Cycle: An Overview

Where the hero’s journey describes the life of a single hero and his community, the cosmogonic round narrates the life cycle of the universe. Countless heroes live within the confines of a single cosmogonic cycle, and while it is almost never mentioned in discussions of the hero’s journey, the cosmogonic round is the journey’s backbone.… Continue Reading

Campbell’s Hero Journey: An Overview

To start with I’d just like to clear up that the following is based solely on Joseph Cambell’s theory of the hero’s journey. There are many other iterations and versions of the journey, and while I’m not arguing they are less valid than Campbell’s, his is my personal preference, and the source from which the others… Continue Reading

The Hero’s Journey: Should Writers Read Joseph Campbell?

If you have any interest in writing or narrative theory, you have probably come across the hero’s journey. The hero’s journey was first identified and described by Joseph Campbell, a writer, lecturer and professor of mythology, in his most famous book, The Hero with a Thousand Faces. After decades of reading and studying the myths… Continue Reading

The Musketeers of Pig Alley: Birth of a Genre

Three years before D.W. Griffith would be immortalized with his epic Birth of a Nation, and a year later, Intolerance, he directed a one-reel curiosity named The Musketeers of Pig Alley. It may not depict the “birth of a nation,” but it is, rather, the birth of the gangster film. The Musketeers of Pig Alley… Continue Reading

Hitchcock’s Suspense and Surprise

In a famous interview with film critic and director Francois Truffaut, Alfred Hitchcock described the difference between suspense and surprise: “We are now having a very innocent little chat. Let us suppose that there is a bomb underneath this table between us. Nothing happens, and then all of a sudden, “Boom!” There is an explosion. The… Continue Reading

Non Traditional Easter Movies

In honour of the upcoming Easter holidays, here’s a short list of movies to help celebrate. While most of these movies are not directly Biblical (I left out the obvious choices, like The Passion of the Christ), they are all either allegorical, make strong references to the life and characters of Jesus, or otherwise explore… Continue Reading

Dead Man Walking: The Way Film Speaks

Little drives me up the wall faster than the argument about which “kind” of art is better, or superior, to others. This usually comes in the form of “the book is always better.” Yet, we have this bizarre need to legitimize one artistic medium by comparing it to another: for example, when a video game… Continue Reading

Movies for St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is upon us again and I thought I’d put together a list of movies in case pub crawling has gotten old (or, like me, you think that sounds like the 9th circle of hell). I’ve split this list into categories covering different aspects of Irish history and culture. This is by no… Continue Reading

About Sinéad Donohoe

A writer from London, Ontario. These are her adventures in writing, movie loving, and general mayhem.