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In this course we will critically examine myths, fairy tale and fantasy all chosen for a common theme: The Hero’s Journey, a heroic journey to overcoming oppression and discovering happiness, maturity and self-identity. Throughout our lives, we are constantly making our way along, and coming to the end of journeys. Some journeys might require physical movement from one location to the next, while others may be spiritual or even sexual. Some journeys require us to climb mountains and slay dragons, either metaphorically or in reality. In this course we will explore heroic journeys throughout literature and mythology. By examining the archetypal "hero's journey", also known as the “Monomyth”, it is my intention to help students examine common patterns of human behavior across time and around the world, not only in literature, but in their own lives as well. There is a hero in each of us, but as we will soon see, there is often a price to be paid for such heroism.
Hossein has completed the Certified Coach Program offered by Adler School of Professional Coaching, sponsored by the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto.
Hossein has been teaching for 18 years. He earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in English Language and Literature. He also holds Cambridge University Certificate for Overseas Teachers of English. He has designed many Faculty Academic English Program courses including English 101 (The Spiral of Silence, Embodying Identity, Seeing Beyond Illusions, All But Blind, etc.), English 102 (The Mythical Journey, The Psychology of Attitude Change and Influence, etc.). He has taught the following courses: ENG 101, ENG 102, ENG 401, ELS 103,104, 203, 204 and ELS 301. His major research interests are in post-1980’s fiction, and theoretical readings of literature in general. Hossein has been working, in particular, on the concept of historiography and theories of historical narration. His PhD dissertation analyzes the novels of Peter Ackroyd, specifically: the convergence and interaction of past and present time; literary mimicry; and the tenuous relationship between historical reality and fiction.