Introduction. 1 Euripides: The Bacchants--Fulminating rage/outrage. 2 Wolfram: Parzival--Existence precedes essence; The creation of the archetypal hero. 3 Montaigne: Essays--The individuation process. 4 Corneille: Horace; Rodogune--Heroism? sacrifice? lust for power?. 5 (1) Goethe: Elective affinities--An alchemical process from fixatio to dissolutio (2) Novalis: Hymns to the night--A regressus ad uterum (3) Nachman: The master of prayer--A Kabbalistic view of the ego's exile from the self (4) Yeats: At the hawk's well--An unintegrated anima shapes a hero's destiny (5) The Kalevala: Finnish shamanism--The senex hero and the faulty anima (6) Attar: The conference of the birds--a Sufi's mystical experience and the dehumanization process. Conclusion
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