Folklore | Myth, Legend, & Popular Science
F252 | 2538 | Schrempp


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 sciences 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.