Folklore | Analysis of Myth
F545 | 2557 | Schrempp


This course will survey the main perspectives that have been brought
to the study of myth in the twentieth century. These include various
psychological and sociological perspectives, attempts to
revive "comparative mythology," structuralist and deconstructionist
approaches, and analysis of context and performance. The emphasis
will be upon discovering what each method is able to reveal about the
meaning and significance that myths have in specific societies.
Problems in characterizing and defining myth (for example: is
myth "rational"?) will also be considered. Illustrations will be
drawn from classical Greek, Native North American, Pacific Island,
and several other mythological traditions. Main requirements are two
papers and a brief presentation. This is an advanced course, normally
best taken after the student has already completed a year of graduate
work.