Mythologist Joseph Campbell broke open the esoteric imagery of world mythology with his insight into the “monomyth”, an overarching storyline found in cultures across the globe that he called the Hero’s Journey. Campbell’s work drew upon Carl Jung’s discovery of the archetypal unconscious and illuminates how ancient stories reflect individual life experiences, and vice versa.
In this seminar, we’ll explore the Hero’s Journey and how it is reflected in a modern memoir. We will begin with Joseph Campbell’s seminal work The Hero with a Thousand Faces and then explore the extraordinary 1945 literary memoir Black Boy, by Richard Wright, about growing up black in the American South at the turn of the 20th century.
Guide: Satya Doyle Byock is a psychotherapist in private practice, specializing in the psychology of Carl Jung. She is perpetually compelled by the way the personal narrative and the mythological narrative intertwine.