Honors | Myth, Legend & Popular Science (FOLK)
F210 | 16231 | Greg Schrempp


MW 2:30-3:45pm

Above section open only to honors students and Folklore majors.
Please obtain on-line authorization for above section from Honors.
Myths are colorful stories that tell about the origins of things and
about the deeds of larger-than-life characters. Myths are often set
in ancient times or said to be "timeless". Legends tell of more
recent and/or contemporary events that are memorable or starting.
While plausible, legends are often not wholeheartedly believed.
Popular science is a contemporary literary genre in which qualified
students explain recent findings in terms that are accessible and
appealing.

Myth, legend, and popular science all present us with basic
propositions about the nature of the world. In this course we will
compare these three genres, asking what features in each might lead
us to place credence in their claims.