John Gentile, Ph.D. & Henry Scott
The Green Knight and Other Stories of Magic and
Transformation: A Storytelling Program with Music

November 11, Saturday Lecture 7:30 pm
members: free; non-members $20; students $10

“Magic always was and still is a source of fascination”
—C. G. Jung, Alchemical Studies

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, was called “the finest Arthurian romance in English,” by literary historian Albert C. Baugh in 1948, a reputation that it continues to hold today as literary critics interpret the poem as a Pagan rite de passage, as a Christian morality tale, as a chivalric romance, or as a journey of individuation. In 2004, Sylvia Brinton Perera, analyzed the poem at a Jung Society of Atlanta workshop as “an initiation story,” in which “the ego consciousness is enlarged by the experience.” This program features Sir Gawain’s mysterious encounters with the magical Green Knight, along with other stories of magic and transformation from the world’s great oral and literary traditions, including such tales as “The Twelve Months” from Slovakia and “The Legend of Knockgrafton” from Ireland.

John GentileJohn Gentile, Ph.D., is a storyteller, theatre artist, and professor of performance studies at Kennesaw State University. He received the National Storytelling Network’s Oracle Award for the Southeast Region for Leadership and Service in Storytelling. His stage adaptation of Moby-Dick will be presented next season at Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin, Ireland. His essay "Meeting with Great January: An Archetypal Interpretation of the Slovak Fairytale 'The Twelve Months'" is forthcoming in Text and Performance Quarterly. He holds the M.A. and Ph.D. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University and the M.A. in Mythological Studies with an Emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute.

Henry ScottHenry Scott is a musician, theatre and visual artist, and is currently serving as artist-in-residence at Red Mountain Theatre Company in Birmingham, Alabama. His work includes bringing the arts into city schools, offering master classes, directing and/or choreographing five productions scheduled for this season: Smokey Joe's Cafe, Mama Mia, Beauty and the Beast, The Color Purple, and The Alabama Story, and creating an original music and storytelling events for the first annual Human Rights Festival.


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