Folklore | Myth, Legend, & Popular Science (Honors)
F252 | 2404 | Schrempp
Above section open only to honors students and Folklore majors.
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