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Saturday, January 28 • 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Hero Transformation in Storytelling

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Stories of heroes undergoing significant transformations are as old as stories themselves. In this talk I will offer an analysis of human transformation in heroic storytelling and in the lives of everyday people. I’ll describe what a transformation is, why it is important, what causes it to happen, and how it varies from hero to hero. I will argue that the hero’s transformation is the most central yet most overlooked component of the monomyth of the hero as described by Joseph Campbell (1949) in his classic volume, The Hero with a Thousand Faces. I will describe the ways in which the hero’s journey parallels various stages of healthy human development, during which people undergo moral, mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical transformations. We will describe the many triggers, dimensions, processes, and consequences of the hero’s transformation. My concluding thoughts will focus on the role of the hero’s transformation in the personal development of the hero, in good storytelling and for the well-being of society.

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Scott Allison

Professor of Psychology, University of Richmond
Scott Allison has authored numerous books, including 'Heroes' and 'Heroic Leadership'. He is Professor of Psychology at the University of Richmond where he has published extensively on heroism and leadership. His other books include Reel Heroes, Conceptions of Leadership, Frontiers in Spiritual Leadership, and the Handbook of Heroism. His work has appeared in USA Today, National Public Radio, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Slate... Read More →

Saturday January 28, 2017 4:30pm - 5:45pm
1-Beginning Campbell Room

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