The Scholarship of Storytelling

Where does the impulse to tell stories come from? Where does it begin? Why communicate through fable and myth? Why do stories follow the same archetypal patterns regardless of historical or cultural environments? I have complied a bibliography on texts that explore direct and tangential studies on storytelling .


  • Anderson, William. The Face of Glory: Creativity, Consciousness, and Civilization. UPNE, 1996.
  • Baldwin, Christina. Storycatcher: Making Sense of Our Lives through The Power and Practice of Story. Novato, CA: New World Library, 2007.
  • Barthes, Roland. Mythologies. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1972.
  • Bascom, William. Sacred Narratives: Readings in the Theory of Myth. Ed. Alan Dundes. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1984.
  • Bettelheim, Bruno. The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales. New York: Vintage, 2010.
  • Bohom, David. On Creativity. London: Psychology Press, 1998.
  • Brunvand, Jan Harold. The Vanishing Hitchhiker: American Urban Legends and their Meaning. New York: Norton, 1981.
  • Chapple, Christopher. Karma and Creativity. New York: SUNY Press, 1986.
  • Csikszentmihalvi, Michael. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. New York: Harper, 2008.
  • Dawkins, Richard. The Selfish Gene. London: Oxford University Press, 2006.
  • Donovan, Pamela. No Way of Knowing: Crime, Urban Legends, and the Internet. New York: Routledge, 2004.
  • Eco, Umberto. History of Beauty. Milan: Rizzoli, 2010.
  • Eliade, Mircea. The Myth of the Eternal Return. Princeton University Press, 2005.
  • Frankfort, Henry, H.A. Frankfort, John Wilson, Thorkil Jacobsen, and William A Irwin. The Intellectual Adventure of Ancient Man. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1977.
  • Frazer, James George. The Golden Bough. General Books, 2010.
  • Freud, Sigmund. Civilization and Its Discontents. Mansfield Center, CT: Martino Publishing, 2010.
  • ——-. The Future of an Illusion. New York: Classic House Books, 2009.
  • Frye, Northrope and Jay McPherson. Biblical and Classical Myths: The Mythological Framework of Western Culture. University of Toronto Press, 2004.
  • ——-. Myth and Metaphor. Ed. Robert D. Denham. University of Virginia Press, 2004.
  • Goswami, Amit. Creative Evolution. Wheaton, IL: Quest Books, 2008.
  • Guenther, Mathias. Tricksters and Trancers: Bushman Religion and Society.
  • Hegel, Georg W.F. The Phenomenology of Spirit. Trans. A.V. Miller. Oxford University Press, 1979.
  • Heilman, Kenneth M. Creativity and The Brain. London: Psychology Press, 2005.
  • Hofstadter, Albert. Philosophies of Art and Beauty: Selected Readings in Aesthetics from Plato to Heidegger. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1976.
  • Hope, Rob. Creativity: Theory, History, Practice. London: Psychology Press, 2005.
  • Jung, Carl. Aion: Researches into the Phenomenology of the Self. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1959.
  • ——-. The Archetypes and The Collective Unconscious. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1981.
  • ——-. Jung on Mythology. Robert A. Segal, Ed. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1998.
  • ——-. Man and His Symbols. New York: Dell, 1968.
  • ——-. The Spirit in Man, Art, and Literature. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1971.
  • Levi-Strauss, Claude. Myth and Meaning. Shocken, 1995.
  • Lewis-Williams, David. The Mind In the Cave: Consciousness And The Origins of Art. London: Thames & Hudson, 2004.
  • Mithen, Stephen J. Creativity in Human Evolution and Prehistory. London:
  • Psychology Press. 1998.
  • Myeroff, Barbara G. Peyote Hunt: Symbol, Myth and Ritual. Cornell University, 1974.
  • Stennudd, Stefan. Cosmos of the Ancient. Arriba, 2011.
  • Von Franz, Marie Louise. The Interpretation of Fairy Tales. Boston: Shambala, 1996.
  • ———. Archetypal Patterns in Fairy Tales. New York: Inner City Books, 1997.
  • Whitle, David S. Cave Paintings and The Human Spirit: The Origin of Creativity and Belief. New York: Prometheus Books, 2009.

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I'm the author of two short story collections, a story cycle, and a collection of short memoirs. I am an educator, literary translator, journal editor, and writing coach.

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