April 7, 21, 28, May 5, 12
Home is where we start from, as poet T. S. Eliot and psychoanalyst D. W. Winnicott observed. But leaving and losing home is part of the human journey. This inevitable loss, whether it be traumatic or normally developmental, results in the quest of the nostoi, the Greek word designating the return home. Looked at across the range of human experience, the search for home is a universal pattern and reflects an archetypal need for belonging.
In this course, we shall explore different nostoi, for there are various ways of returning home and various meanings to home itself. It can be a return back to something one had or a return forward to something completely new--or even both. Furthermore, home can be a physical home, a relational home, or a psychological-spiritual home--or even all three.
In order to accomplish our own individual nostos, we shall look at works old and new, written and filmed. We shall look at works from two contemporary Jungian analysts, two classical writers at the origin of the Western psyche, one Medieval visionary, and two literary modernists. To help us see what this journey may look like on the outside in contemporary guise, we shall watch scenes from a film that Jungian analyst Donald Kalsched has said may be the best he has seen on the healing of trauma in terms of homecoming. Class format will be presentation, reflection, and discussion. Suggested readings will be heavily excerpted and manageable.
John Hill, At Home in the World: Sounds and Symmetries of Belonging.
Donald Kalsched, Trauma and the Soul (chapter 8).
Homer, The Odyssey (excerpt).
Virgil, The Aeneid (excerpt).
Dante, Paradiso (excerpt).
James Joyce, Ulysses (excerpt).
T. S. Eliot, Four Quartets.
Kay Pollak, As It Is in Heaven (scenes).
Mark Napack, M.A., S.T.L., M.S., studied archetypal patterns in comparative literature at Columbia University, after which he applied Jungian theory to the redemption motif in medieval theology for his thesis at Fordham University. He further studied Jung, psychology, and the history of religion at Loyola and Catholic Universities. A long-time graduate and college instructor, Mark has presented at international conferences and his work has appeared in scholarly journals and books in English and French. Mark Napack, LCPC, is also a Jungian-informed psychotherapist in North Bethesda, MD.