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The Wisdom Of The Fool

Mary Ward Centre
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2 weeks
57 GBP
Next available date: Enquire for more information - London
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Course description

The Wisdom Of The Fool

This course will examine the role of the fool and the trickster in myth, literature and society to illustrate
the lessons s/he may have to teach us today. We will look at the relationship between wisdom and
folly, status and delusion, comedy and tragedy and how these dynamics have been illuminated by the
funny man and the funny woman, the court jester and the clown. We all make the journey of the Fool
time and time again and there are many tools to aid us in this journey, including the major arcana of the
Tarot, to which reference will also be made.

Suitability - Who should attend?

No prior experience or particular knowledge required. But students should have some interest in literature, drama and myth as well as psychology.

Training Course Content

Mythology and folktale presents us with a brilliant panoply of the buffoon and the divine eccentric. Coyote, Raven, Loki, Brer Rabbit and the rest connect us with Lila, the play of the world and provide us with a foundation for homo ludens (the person as player). In appreciating their roles in story and tradition, and their human transmutation into the street entertainer, the jester of the medieval court and the music-hall comedian we can reclaim the origins and functions of laughter in the psyche.
By the end of the course you should be able to:
- appreciate the universality of the trickster archetype
- acknowledge the role of the fool in one's everyday life
- understand the social value of burlesque

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Mary Ward Centre

Mary Ward Centre

The first thing you will notice about the Mary Ward Centre is the stunning Georgian building, in the peaceful surroundings of Queen Square. An adult education centre with a difference, whatever you want to learn, you’ll find it here. From...

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Mary Ward Centre

42 Queens Square
WC1N 3AQ London

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