Posted by John Bowie on November 20, 2010 at 12:44am
Just had a quick thought about an emerging archetype. Now I know enough to realize there theoretically aren't new archetypes, but have to keep pushing against this immutable law as it strikes me as a breakdown of the theoretical validity of archetypal modes. That said, I was thinking about the modern advent of 'Reset' as being a previously undeveloped narrative mode. Technology affords us the ability to zero out what has been done, particularly electronic narrative forms such as the video game, and start over with little trace of what occurred before. I suppose it could be crystallized within the strange concept of "Extra Lives" (when you start unfolding this one as a psychological mode, reality begins to lose it's trajectory). At the very least, the horizon of time begins softens. Perhaps this is an inevitable product of radical empiricism: the 'truth' of narrative could unfold any number of ways given the opportunity.
Can anyone think of myths that embrace such an archetypal narrative?