6 - 7:45 pm
Cost and Registration Information
Early Registration Price (by September 1): $170
Regular Price (after September 1): $187
Star Wars remains one of the most universally beloved stories of all time, transcending boundaries of age, place, and even political persuasion. One reason these films are so enduring is because they carefully adhere to patterns of mythological storytelling traditions that have existed across cultures for thousands of years. This class will interpret the Star Wars canon through the lens of Joseph Campbell’s comparative mythology, exploring the influence of everything from Buddhist philosophy and Arthurian legend, to Wagner’s Ring Cycle and the Bible. The seminar will culminate in a group screening of the upcoming Star Wars film, The Last Jedi, which we will analyze with our newfound mythological insight. Five sessions.
Harrison Sherrod has been teaching seminars at the Newberry for several years, including courses on Chicago surrealism, metaphysical detectives, the philosophy of anxiety, con artists, and dinner parties gone wrong.
- Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces. New World Library, 2008. ISBN-13: 978-1577315933
- Cass R. Sunstein, The World According to Star Wars. Dey Street Books, 2016. ISBN-13: 978-0062484222
- For the first class, please read up to “Part II: The Cosmogonic Cycle” of Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces.