Honors | Myth, Legend & Popular Science
F252 | 2404 | G. Schrempp
Fulfills a COAS Arts and Humanities, Traditions and Ideas distribution
Above section open only to honors students and Folklore majors.
Please 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 starting. While
plausible, legends are often not wholeheartedly believed. Popular
science is a contemporary literary genre in which qualified students
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.