Mythologist, Professor, General Inquisitor, and Mythic Humanist
That about sums me up. My favorite past time is to contemplate the mythologies of
the modern American world, specifically those that manifest through popular culture. To do achieve this, I went to Pacifica Graduate Institute, studied Mythological Studies, wrote a dissertation about American Cold War myth and Disneyland, and now have three shiny initials after my name. Someday, I’ll contemplate what “About Priscilla” now means.
“Mythology” to me is the sum of the narratives of the human experience. Mythological stories are not just the stories of ancient peoples long ago, nor are they simply sacred stories of various deities. The human experience is constantly growing and changing, and the narratives do their best to keep up. In other cases, the narratives wind up dictating the direction of human experience. The mythology of Disneyland (the core of my dissertation) is just as potent by this definition as the mythology of cultural events (like 9/11 or the Cold War), religious experience (like Christianity), or individual dreams.
It is my personal mission to bring mythological awareness into any conversation that is worth having. The modern world is constantly throwing some scary curve balls at us, and it is sometimes difficult to continue hoping, dreaming and wishing. New myths are manifesting all the time that defy traditional definitions and formats. By embracing these new myths, it is my hope that we can find inner peace among ourselves, our culture, and our world.
Contact: priscilla at mythicthinking dot org. Spam will be banned.
Presentations/Publications – Available for lectures, events and workshops.
- Walt’s Utopia: Disneyland and American Mythmaking. Jefferson: McFarland,
- “Virtual Hyperrealities: Redefining the Real World for the Hungry
Imagination through Digital Media.” Depth Psychology in the Digital Age. Ed.
Bonnie Bright. DepthInsights. Forthcoming Publication
- “The Storyteller Silenced: Disney’s Wise Old Man and the Controversy of The Song of the South.” Presentation for the PCA/ACA National Conference, March 22-25, 2016. Seattle: PCA/ACA, 2016.
- “Everypony Has a Story: Revisions of Greco-Roman Mythology in My Little
Pony: Friendship is Magic.” Ancient Magic and the Supernatural in the Modern Visual
and Performing Arts. Ed. Filippo Carla and Irene Berti. London: Bloomsbury,
- “Disney Princesses versus Princess Culture: Reclaiming an Archetypal
Image.”Presentation for the PCA/ACA National Conference, April 1-4, 2015.
New Orleans: PCA/ACA, 2015.
- “Rewriting Fairy Tales: Disney’s Silly Symphonies and the Great
Depression.” Presentation for the PCA/ACA National Conference, April 15-19,
2014. Chicago: PCA/ACA, 2014.
- “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: From Book to Embodied Myth.” Harry Potter for Nerds. Ed. Travis Prinzi. Unlocking Press, 2011.
- “Imagineering the Fairy Tale: Why Disneyization isn’t a bad thing.” Presentation for the PCA/ACA National Conference, San Antonio, April 20-23, 2011.
- “Imagineering the Fairy Tale: Why Disneyiztion isn’t a bad thing.” Presentation for the Jung Society of Austin, April 15, 2011.
- “Review of Millennial Mythmaking.” Mythlore 29.1/2 (Fall 2010): 180-183.
- “The Tri-Wizard Cup: Alchemy and Transformation in Harry Potter.” Mythological Studies Journal of Pacifica Graduate Institute 1 (2010).
- “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: From Book to Embodied Myth.” Proceedings of Infinitus 2010, A Harry Potter Symposium, Orlando, July 15-18, 2010.
- “Carl Jung and the Imagination visit Disneyland.” Presentation for the Jung Society of Austin, September 25, 2009.
- “Harry Potter and the Alchemy of Love.” Presentation for the Jung Society of Austin¸ February 13, 2009.
- “Joseph Campbell: The Hero’s Journey.” Journey to the Sea, Issue 5 (Nov. 1, 2008). Online web journal.
- “The Seven Jungian Horcruxes.” Proceedings of Portus 2008, A Harry Potter Symposeum, Dallas, July 10-13, 2008.
- “Harry Potter and Mythic Thinking.” Presentation for the Jung Society of Austin, December 14, 2007.
- “Navigating the Forbidden Forest: Harry Potter and Mythic Thinking.” Proceedings of Prophecy 2007 A Harry Potter Symposium, Toronto, August 2-4, 2007.
- “The Hero’s Journey of Harry Potter.” Proceedings of Lumos 2006 A Harry Potter Symposium, Las Vegas, July 27-30, 2006.
- Pacifica Graduate Institute, Mythological Studies with an Emphasis in Depth Psychology (which is really just a high fallootin’ way to say that I’m studying the Humanities with an emphasis on cultural narrative and archetypal symbolism flavored with psychological theory)
- PhD, May 2012
- Dissertation title: “Towards a Happily Ever After”: Disneyland and Imagineering the American Dream
- The Union Institute and University, Humanities with emphasis in Mythological Studies (see above)
- MA, completed October 2006
- Thesis title: Searching for the Golden Snitch: The Fairy-Myth and American Mythology
- University of Houston, Anthropology with a minor in Film Studies
- BA, completed December 2002
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