College Of Arts And Sciences | What is Myth?
E103 | 0124 | Schrempp
3:35-4:25 MW BH 109
"Myth" refers to colorful stories that tell about the origins of humans and
the cosmos. Attitudes toward myth vary greatly. Some regard myths as a
source of spiritual growth, while others see only falsehood; some see in
myth the distinct character of particular cultures, others see universal
patterns; some regard myth as "alive," while others think of it as
We will explore such problems in the interpretation of myth in the context
of an examination of the origin stories of four cultures: Maori
(Polynesian), Native American, classical Greek, and Euro-American. Lectures
and discussions will be supplemented by slides. Class format will be two
lectures and one discussion per week; main requirements will be three short
essays and a mid-term and final quiz.