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"A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself."—Joseph Campbell
"We can be heroes just for one day."—David Bowie

What do Luke Skywalker, Harry Potter, Odysseus, Neo, Marlin (Nemo's dad), Jesus, Lightning McQueen, Moses, Beowulf, Sir Gawain, Frodo Baggins, Shrek, and Jack Shephard have in common? Joseph Campbell would say they're all monomythic heroes. Our goal in this course is to learn why the hero and his (and sometimes her) journey has become so important in cultures all over the world and throughout history.

Introduction to Joseph Campbell and the Hero's Journey


Modern Myth: Star Wars

Tolkien and the Reinvention of the Mythological Hero

Arthurian Legend

The Hero's Journey and Modern Film