Folklore | Analysis of Myth
F545 | 29596 | G. Schrempp

Fulflls:  Form, Theory

This course will survey perspectives brought to the study of myth in
the last century. These include various sychological/psychoanalytic
and sociological perspectives, attempts to revive Indo-
European "comparative mythology," structuralist and
deconstructionist methods, ritualist angles on myth, analysis of
myth performance, and critical-historical and/or reflexive
approaches to the the idea of myth. The emphasis will be upon
discovering what each approach reveals about the meaning and
significance of myths in specific contexts, as well as exploring the
intellectual and cultural agendas motivating myth and theory of
myth. 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).