Folklore | Analysis of Myth
F545 | 26101 | Schrempp
This course will survey perspectives that have been brought to the
study of myth in the last century. These include various
psychological and sociological perspectives, attempts to
revive "comparative mythology," structuralist and deconstructionist
approaches, analysis of myth performance, and critical approaches to
the intellectual history of the concept of myth. The emphasis will
be upon discovering what each approach reveals about the meaning and
significance of myths in specific contexts. Problems in
characterizing and defining myth (for example: is myth rational?)
will also be considered. Illustrations will be drawn from classical
Greek/Roman, Native American, and Pacific Island traditions, and
from contemporary mass culture. Reading load is fairly heavy.
Requirements will include short class presentations, and two
analytical essays (of about 10 pages each).