Thursday, March 27, 2014

A Vehicle for the Hero's Journey

We just passed the midway point of the semester in the Hero's Journey class I teach, and what a journey it's been so far.  I have a full class of 20 students, and they've all chosen interesting topics to write their research papers about.  Some of them are using the Hero's Journey model to analyze books and/or movies, and some of them are focusing more on analyzing certain types of hero roles, such as anti-heroes and culture heroes.

One of the assignments I've given my students is to write a brief reflection that in some way relates to the hero's journey stages and/or roles, and/or to intertextuality, and over the next couple of weeks, I'll be posting those.  I would love it, Internet, if some of you out there would respond to these posts.  Why?  Well, because for many if not most of my students, this will be their first published writing, and it would be great for them to get public feedback.

But even more importantly, the Hero's Journey model, because it allows us to see how narrative influences life, can be used as a way of understanding and directing change.  And in the words of author Terry Tempest Williams, "Conversation is the vehicle for change."  So I hope you'll accept this invitation to join us on this journey and jump right into the DeLorean conversation!

1 comment:

  1. This has been one of the most interesting semesters of my life and I do agree that with the heroes journey model it helps put certain things into perspective as far as where my journey is and how I can get there. This class helped me see myself as a hero to one, My son and that helped me to make the decision not to be scared and go into management. Something I never thought I could do, but when people are depending on you, you change to not let down.