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Course Description

Joseph Campbell's powerful outline of the hero's transformational journey in The Hero with a Thousand Faces clearly addresses the challenges in the second half of life. You explore the psychological and mythological aspects of Campbell's hero, and how the outward adventure of daily life mirrors what is taking place inwardly. The stages of the journey, from departure to return, will include topics such as:

  • the unconscious
  • individuality
  • Eastern mysticism
  • Dismemberment
  • illumination
  • the definition of "hero"

Campbell's views will also be compared with those of Freud, Jung and other theorists. Excerpts from movies will dramatize the stages of the journey.

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