The Hero's Quest: Religion and Fantasy Literature

Sandra Russell Jones (Religion and History)

This course explores the theme of the hero's quest in fantasy literature such as Harry Potter, The Hobbit and The Neverending Story. While comparing the individual elements of each hero's quest, we will examine the ways in which these elements, such as the call to serve, sacred versus profane space, and the power of naming, are present in the myths and narratives of major world religious traditions. We will also consider how this powerful motif teaches us about ourselves as humans, and helps us to make meaning out of lives that are often filled with chaos.

Course Number: 
01:090:101 section 30 index 07221