Journey to the Sea

an online magazine devoted to the study of myth

Articles Tagged ‘Myth Beyond Words’

Imagination in Where The Wild Things Are

By • Oct 15th, 2009 • Issue 14

Randy examines some subtle details in the illustrations of one of his childhood favorites to see what Maurice Sendak's classic picture book has to say about the transforming power of imagination. Article »

Prometheus in the Emblems of Alciato

By • Jan 1st, 2009 • Issue 7

Laura looks at a selection of sixteenth-century emblems that depict the suffering of Prometheus to explore the ways this mythological narrative is represented in visual symbols and verse. Article »

Illustrating Tolkien: Ted Nasmith Interview

By • Jan 1st, 2009 • Issue 7

Ted Nasmith is an artist best known for his illustrations depicting scenes from J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth. Randy spoke with him about his artwork and some of the challenges of illustrating fantasy literature. Article »

Saint Sylvester and the Dragon

By • Jan 1st, 2009 • Issue 7

Laura explores a fourteenth-century fresco from the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence, depicting the legendary story of Saint Sylvester taming the dragon. Article »

Totem Poles: Myths Carved In Cedar

By • Dec 1st, 2008 • Issue 6

Randy explores the connection between the magnificent vertical columns carved in cedar by the Native Americans of the northwest Pacific coast and the mythical narratives they depict. Article »

Games As Interactive Storytelling

By • Dec 1st, 2008 • Issue 6

Alana looks at how role-playing games use dice and other props to fulfill a human need for acts of imagination and to connect us to the mythic impulse of storytelling. Article »

Aesop Illustrations: Telling the Story in Images

By • Dec 1st, 2008 • Issue 6

Laura looks at woodcut illustrations to Aesop's fables from 1479 to explore how artists can depict the plots of stories and how the illustrations themselves can become part of the storytelling tradition. Article »

Myth Beyond Words

By • Dec 1st, 2008 • Issue 6

Randy shows how a wide variety of works, from ancient pottery and stained-glass windows to comic books and movie soundtracks, use more than just words to communicate myths or to recall them to mind. Article »