A General Overview of the Myth
Achelous Painter, late 6th century BC
Name vase of the Underworld Painter (Munich)
Titian."Sisyphus." 1549. Painting,.http://uploads8.wikiart.org/images/titian/sisyphus-1549.jpg
Franz von Stuck (1863-1928) "Sisyphus." 1920. Painting. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0f/Sisyphus_by_von_Stuck.jpg
Ilene Winn-Lederer. "The Redemption of Sisyphus." 1999. http://www.winnlederer.com/private/sisyphus.htm ” Watercolor Drawing.
Camus, Albert. The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays. Justin O'Brien (Translator). Knopf, 1991. http://www.sccs.swarthmore.edu/users/00/pwillen1/lit/msysip.htm
An excerpt from Albert Camus’ Myth of
Sisyphus. Sisyphus as the absurd hero.
Cullen, Countee. "Yet Do I Marvel." http://web.csustan.edu/english/reuben/pal/chap9/cullen.html. A sonnet by a Harlem Renaissance poet.
Whitehead, Gary J. "Sisyphus." http://www.bpj.org/poems/whitehead_sisyphus.html. A poem published in the Beloit Literary Journal
Bar Association American (Editor). Unfinished Business: Overcoming the Sisyphus Factor. American Bar Association, 1995
Beres, Louis Renâe. Mimicking Sisyphus: America's Countervailing Nuclear Strategy. Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group, 1982.
Bernfeld, Siegfried. Sisyphus: Or the Limits of Education. Translated by Frederic Lilge. University of California Press, 1973
Chang, Maria H. Hsia Labors of Sisyphus: The Economic Development of Communist China. Transaction Publishers, 1999. An assessment of the meaning and purpose of the Chinese communist revolution in the context of the modern challenges of that movement in modern China.
Daly, T. P. Sisyphus and Sycamore and Other Songs of Survival and Endurance. New York Society for General Semantics, 1988.
Fanning, Nathaniel. Never Mind Sisyphus. Bookmasters, Inc., 2003.
Hoffmann, Stanley. European Sisyphus. Westview Press, 1995. A collection of essays dealing with the challenges of European development and European integration in the late 20th century.
Howard, Walter. Sisyphus in the Hayfield: Views of a Berkshire Farmer. Cobble Press, 1988. Essays by a Massachusetts newspaper editor and dairy farmer dealing with his farming challenges and travels.
Kast, Verena. Sisyphus: The Old Stone - A New Way: A Jungian Approach to Midlife Crisis. Daimon Verlag, 1991. A Jungian psychologist refers to Sisyphus as the "myth of the forty-year-olds," who often view the challenges in life as Sisyphus tasks.
Meeker, Eric Michael M. Playground of Sisyphus: Letters from the Edge of Oblivion. Writers Club Press, 2002
Moore, Billy A. Sisyphus and the Struggle Within. Publish America, 2000. An autobiographical journey about the struggles involved in moving from childhood to adulthood.
Patterson, Orlando. Children of Sisyphus. Kaplan Publishing, 1982. A novel about the struggles of the poor in the Caribbean.
Reiss, Timothy J. (Editor)Sisyphus and Eldorado: Magical and Other Realisms in Caribbean Literature. Africa World Press, 2004. A scholarly collection of essays about Caribbean writers which begins with a contrast between an anglophone "Sisyphus" representing the frustrating efforts of cultural liberation and a francophone and hispanophone "Eldorado" emphasizing magical realism.
Sagasti, Francisco R. Knowledge and Innovation for Development: The Sisyphus Challenge of the 21st Century. Edward Elgar Publishing, Incorporated, 2005.
Sagasti, Francisco. Knowledge and Innovation for Development: The Sisyphus Challenge of the 21st Century. Edward Elgar Publishing, Incorporated, 2004. The futility of Sisyphus’ task becomes a metaphor for modern efforts to develop science and technology capabilities in unindustrialized countries.
Schwaner, Jeff. Sisyphus at the Playground. BookSurge, LLC, 2003.
Simon, Elliott M. Myth of Sisyphus: Renaissance Theories of Human Perfectibility. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2007
Sinclair, Michael. Sisyphus Rocks. Publish America, 2002. Sisyphus’ rock becomes the basis for a Rock'N'Roll murder mystery set in Hollywood during the late '70's.
Sowton, Ian. Imagining Sisyphus Happy. Trafford Publishing, 2006. A collection of poems
Thompson, William N., and Bradley L. Kenny Over the Top: Solutions to the Sisyphus Dilemmas of Life. AuthorHouse, 2003. A motivational book based upon the metaphor of a Sisyphean task.
Westburg, John Edward and Mildred Westaway Westburg Stone of Sisyphus: Critical DisCourses on American Education Practices, 1947-1988. Westburg Associates, Publishers, 1989
Sass, Edmund. "The Sisyphus and Teaching Page". http://www.cloudnet.com/~edrbsass/sisyphusandteaching.htm
Sass, Edmund..“On Sisyphus and Teaching.” http://www.cloudnet.com/~edrbsass/sisyphus.htm
Burke, Jim.“Teaching Sisyphus to Juggle” Educational Leadership Volume 57 Number 8 May 2000.
Project Sisyphus (designed to facilitate sharing ideas and experiences among faculty teaching introductory geoscience courses) http://www.uh.edu/~jbutler/anon/projectsysisyphus.html
Sisyphus Projects. Knowledge Acquisition, Modeling and Management. http://ksi.cpsc.ucalgary.ca/KAW/Sisyphus/
Bodhesako, Sámanera. "The Myth of Sisyphus: A Cycle." http://www.geocities.com/Athens/9366/sisyph1.htm Note the Hindu comparison.
Hoagland, Jim. “Remember the Myth of Sisyphus” December 11, 2001 in http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/50042_hoagland.shtml. Also appeared as “Playing Sisyphus”. Washington Post December 9,2001.
Michnik. Adam "The Sisyphus of Democracy." http://www.unesco.org/courier/2001_09/uk/dires.htm
Gaudreault-DesBiens, Jean-François. “From Sisyphus’s Dilemma to Sisyphus’s Duty? A Meditation on the Regulation of Hate Propaganda in Relation to Hate Crimes and Genocide.” McGill Law Journal 46 (2001): 1117-1137.Abstract: https://papyrus.bib.umontreal.ca/dspace/handle/1866/1419
“Sisyphus Tracks.” http://sisyphustracks.com/ An internet alternative to great roots music (suspended Feb. 3, 2007)
Chicago. "Stone of Sisyphus." c.1991. Never released. Selections available in Chicago: The Box (Release Date: 07/22/2003; Label: RHINO / WEA; UPC: 081227387129. Rock.
Cold Blood. "Sisyphus." (1971). Some selections available on Cold Blood/Sisyphus (07/31/2001; Label: COLLECTABLES; UPC: 090431681329). Rock.
Phil Woods Quintet. "Song for Sisyphus." (Release Date: 09/19/2006; Original Release: 1977; Label: PASSPORT; UPC: 801050108025). Classical Instrumental.
Crack: W.A.R. "Our Friend Sisyphus." in Cosmic Mind Flight (Release Date: 11/18/2003; Label: TIGERBEAT6; UPC: 751937508526). Rock Band. Instrumental and Vocal.
Sandke, Randy. "Sisyphus Effect." In Inside Out (Release
Date: 07/16/2002; Label: NAGEL-HEYER GERMANY;
Sills, Stephen. "Myth of Sisyphus." In Stills (Release Date: 01/26/1993; Original Release: 1975; Label: SONY; UPC: 074643357524). Rock Vocal.
Logan, Jack and Bob Kimball. "Here Comes Sisyphus" in Woodshedding (Release Date: 06/04/2002; Label: PARASOL RECORDS; UPC: 795306106128).. Rock Vocal.
Guettel. "Sisyphus" in Myths and Hymns (Release Date: 03/30/1999; Label: NONESUCH; UPC: 075597953022).
Cloudland Canyon. "Silver Tongued Sisyphus" on Silver Tongued Sisyphus (UPC: 796441811120; Original Release Date: 2007; Catalog No.: 111; Label: KRANKY). New Age Instrumental.
City. "Sisyphus" in Unter Der Haut (UPC: 743214594629; Original Release Date: 1997; Catalog No.: 145946; Label: AMIGA / SBME IMPORT). Keyboard.
Jeremy Pelt. "Sisyphus" in Insight (UPC: 8712474122820; Original Release Date: 2003; Catalog No.: 1228; Label: CRISS CROSS). Jazz Instrumental.
Jamie Green. "Sisyphus" in My Crime (Release Date: 03/11/2000; Label: THE ORCHARD; UPC: 669910272121). Vocal Rock.
Dave Atherton. "Sisphyus"" in Purist (UPC: 6699107089; Original Release Date: 2000; Catalog No.: 7089; Label: THE ORCHARD). Instrumental Rock.
Ailes, Mike. "Sisyphus Quits" in Sisyphyus Quits. (UPC: 714288025425; Original Release Date: 1999; Catalog No.: 998; Label: BAD MAN RECORDS). Rock Vocal.
Mike Edwards. "Sisyphus" in The Soul of the Didgeridoo (UPC: 743037201629; Original Release Date: 2006; Catalog No.: 2016; Label: ARC MUSIC). Contemporary Didgeridoo Music (Instrumental)
Richard Wright.. "Sysyphus." An avant-garde, instrumental four part suite written by progressive rock band Pink Floyd's keyboardist Richard Wright. Part of studio version of Ummagumma album.
Sass, Edmund. "Sisyphus the Rap Version." http://www.cloudnet.com/~edrbsass/sisyphusrap.htm. A modern rap about Sisyphus. (Text only.)
Sisyphus software. http://www. livinglogic.de/Python/sisyphus/
Hiroyuki Imabayashi's Sisyphus by Fergus Duniho. http://www.zillions-of-games.com/cgi-bin/zilligames/submissions.cgi/52238?searchgame=sisyphus. Sisyphus is a Sokoban clone. The object is to move stones around a maze until they are all where they should be.
Alt Linux Sisyphus. http://www.altlinux.com/index.php?module=sisyphus. repository of software packages which are updated and revised daily
Abramovitch, Simon “Sisyphus Gaming” in Escapist Magazine. 13 Dec 2005. http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/issues/issue_23/145-Sisyphus-Gaming
BioInformatics 13 (1997): 345-356. http://www.embl-heidelberg.de/~rost/Papers/sisyphus.html. The problem of predicting protein structure from sequence seems like a Sisyphean Task because it remains fundamentally unsolved despite more than three decades of intensive research effort.
Sisyphus spinipes, a dung beetle named after the Greek sinner because it lays an egg in the ball and leaves it propped up in a tussock of grass or other vegetation. http://www.dungbeetles.com.au/?id=10&sitemenu=10
1866 Sisyphus Asteroid.
Dolve, Richard. "The Modern Sisyphus." http://adminstaff.vassar.edu/sttaylor/FAMINE/Punch/Burden/Sisyphus.html. political cartoon about the Ireland problem. March 16, 1844.
“A New Sisyphus.” Artist Unknown. 1903. depicts Bolshevist Plekhanov
“Question Mark.” Saul Steinberg. New Yorker. March 19, 1966
“Bowling.” Amie Levine. New Yorker. 1974
“Bulldozer.” Nurit Karlin. New Yorker 1978
“Snowman.” Mort Gergerb New Yorker 1980
“Be My Valentine.” Warren Miller New Yorker 1987
“Treadmill.” Mort Gerbgerg. New Yorker. 1988
“Beachball.” Christopher Wyatt New Yorker 2002
“I’ll Quit When It Stops Being Fun.”
“Jimmy Carter.” Doug Sneyd. “Scoops”
“Arafat and Hussein.” Morin.
“Deng Xiaoping as Sisyphus” Kal
“Kofi Annan as Sisyphus.” Ariail . March 2, 2003
“Going Down.” Jim Berry. 1990.
“Panty Waist.” Jeff Mallett. Frazz Cartoon. Dec. 16, 2003.
“Sissy Fuss.” Jeff Mallett. Frazz Cartoon. Dec. 17, 2003.
“Dr. Seuss Version.” Jeff Mallett. Frazz Cartoon. Dec. 18, 2003.
“Athenian Psychiatry Center.” Frank and Earnest. Nov. 18, 2007.
“Doing Laundry.” Steve Breen. Grand Avenue. 04-02-03
Zochowski, Marek "Excuse me Sisyphus, you wouldn't happen to have a smaller ball, would you?" From Nov/Dec 2006 USATT Magazine http://www.usatt.org/magazine/images/cartoon_marek_sisyphus.jpg
Sisyphus Comix in Harvard Lampoon. 2008. http://harvardlampoon.com/node/83
Sisyphus Ale. http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/real-ale-sisyphus/14910/
Sisyphus Productions. http://www.sisyphusproductions.com
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