The Fool's Laughter:

Humor as a Creative Act

by Giuliana Rizzo


“The Fool as an invitation to a renewed and widened view of the world."

The Fool is an ancient figure who invites us to consider the space of incongruity and change. The Fool is always an outsider, but also a jester, surprising us with the purpose of laughter and a renewed and widened view of the world around us.

In this course, we will explore the Fool as a personification of art, as a breaker of norms, and as an inspiration for a better understanding of the world.

What you will learn

>> What is the Fool Archetype
>> The incarnations of the Fool in history and literature
>> The differences between the archetype of the Fool and the Trickster
>> The themes of medieval Carnival and the spirit of the Carnivalesque (referencing M. Bakhtin's literary theory)
>> Perspectives on laughter as a creative act and as a tool to understand reality

Giuliana Rizzo, MA

Giuliana Rizzo is a native Italian from Venice, one of the cities of Carnival. Giuliana has a Master's Degree in British Literature and a visceral love and interest for Jungian theory, explored in three years of Jungian Studies seminars at the Jungian Society of Washington.

Who is it for

>> For people interested in the discussion of archetypes and their influence on the individual and society.
>> For people interested in medieval and Renaissance literature and its connection with the Carnivalesque.
>> For people interested in the dynamics and purpose of humor.

What do people have to say


“Giuliana is an insightful, warm and knowledgeable conveyor of Jungian thought.”


“Bringing creative perspectives from a wide range of literature, art, and music.”

Giuliana Rizzo is an extremely nuanced and literate reader of Jung, bringing novel and creative perspectives from a wide range of literature, art and music. She is always open to a diversity of opinions, seeing in differences opportunities to enhance, rather than detract from, her given viewpoint.

What you will get

>> Video recording of each lesson so you'll have the information easily accessible
>> Audio recording of each lesson to download on your digital devices and listen at your convenience
>> Discussion Board where you can leave your comments and share your ideas
>> Transcripts of all lectures. We’ve designed your transcripts with clear formatting, space for you to take notes, and helpful highlighted quotes so you’ll have the information easily accessible.
better by reading than by listening or watching.

How the transcripts are helpful

We put a lot of love and effort into creating transcripts for you. The transcript makes it easier to integrate new concepts.
You can also go back and double-check the quotes and names that are mentioned.
Having the transcripts allows you to quickly add your notes of the ideas rather than transcribing the whole lesson.
Some people simply learn better by reading than by listening or watching.


When does the course start and finish?
Once you've enrolled, you have lifetime access to the course. Work at your own pace—there is no deadline to finish.

How long do we have access to the course?
You will have lifetime access to the course.

Will we get access to the full course all at once?
Yes. Additional bonus modules and handouts may be added over time, but all of the course lessons are available upon enrollment.

What do we do if we need help?
If you need help with something related to the course, please contact [email protected]. Thanks!


A unique opportunity to dive in the transformational depth of humor.

Bringing this course to fruition is a real gift for us at SoulAtPlay and hopefully for you. We're grateful to Giuliana for trusting us to present in the best way something very dear to her heart, and that connects her to her home.
If you want to expand your appreciation of humor and discover the many faces of the Fool Archetype, this course is for you. See you there! Where we can cry and laugh together!


“…a fresh, creative voice in the world of Jungian studies.”

Giuliana is a fresh, creative voice in the world of Jungian studies. Her perspectives and manner of presentation enliven, challenge, and surprise. I have shared Giuliana's work in my own classes, much to the amused enlightenment of my students.

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