Tuesday, December 7, 7:30 pm (CST)
REVISITING BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD:
FINDING A NEW HERO FOR OUR FUTURE
PLEASE WATCH THE FILM PRIOR TO THE PROGRAM
A film discussion with Barbara Birge, PhD
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""Beasts of the Southern Wild" by Hutson Hayward is licensed with CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Heroes of old classically slayed the dragon as a means of achieving great feats. We can understand that, for an extended period of human evolution, such a metaphor may have represented a necessary attitude for achieving the human ego’s ascendence out of our primal origins. Of course, individually, we may still enact symbolic versions of this archetypal motif as we firm up our personal ego complex along our own developmental path. Could it be, however, that collectively we are on the verge of a more advanced attitude? In his book The Archetypal Cosmos, Keiron Le Grice suggests, “We are now perhaps starting to see the beginnings of a great reversal, an enantiodromia…when the rational ego must participate in the emergence of a deeper self, as a new mode of being is born.” If we are indeed on this cusp, we would expect it to be heralded by, or even incubated in, the realm of art and dreams, where the collective unconscious seems to make itself known. The 2012 film Beasts of the Southern Wild depicts such a shift. With its young, African-American female protagonist, this film presciently addresses a host of issues ranging from entrenched power differentials to impending global environmental catastrophe and, more deeply, imagines the classic hero’s journey forward.
We will discuss this film with the expectation that attendees will have watched it prior to our program. (It is available for rental on Amazon Prime.) Our exploration will be informed by Keiron Le Grice’s work and that of Richard Tarnas in his book Cosmos and Psyche. Both authors offer astrological/archetypal perspectives that illuminate the film and help us consider its far-reaching implications.
Barbara Birge received her Ph.D. from Pacifica Graduate Institute with specialization in depth psychology and has been in private practice as a psychotherapist in Charlotte since 1991. Her essay “Revisiting Beasts of the Southern Wild,” on which this program will be based, has been accepted for publication by Psychological Perspectives, which previously published her essay “Bram Stoker’s Dracula: The Quest for Female Potency in Transgressive Relationships.”
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