Folklore | MYTH, LEGENDS, POPULAR SCIENCES
F252 | 2421 | Schrempp


Above section open to honors students only.  Obtain on-line authorization
for above section from HONORS.  Myths are colorful stories that tell about
the origins of things and about the deeds of larger-than-life characters.
Myths are often set in ancient times or said to be "timeless".  Legends tell
of more recent and/or contemporary events that are memorable or startling.
While plausible, legends are often not wholeheartedly believed.  Popular
science is a contemporary literary genre in which qualified scientists
explain recent findings in terms that are accessible and appealing.  Myth,
legend, and popular science all present us with basic propositions about the
nature of the world.  In this course we will compare these three genres,
asking what features in each might lead us to place credence in their
claims.

Fulfills a COAS Arts and Humanities, Traditions and Ideas distribution
requirement.