F545 | 2317 | 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.
Students who have taken "Theories of Myth" should not enroll in this

Reading load will be heavy.