Title

Back to Ithaca.

Date of Award

5-1-2014

Document Type

Dissertation

School

Caspersen School of Graduate Studies

Degree Name

Doctor of Letters

Abstract

A modern novel based on the heroic journey from Greek mythology. The novel considers both the external journey and the internal and explores the growth necessary for the journey to succeed. It is preceded by a critical framework addressing why one hero fails in the myth of Orpheus but another is successful in his return home in The Odyssey. The framework discusses Jung's "anima" and "renovatio" as lenses to aid psychological understanding of the inner growth of the hero in parallel with Joseph Campbell's "hero's journey" which provides a structure for the exterior experiences.