GLS 592: Mythology and Culture
Instructor: Ray Mize
This course examines the relationship of individual societies and their myths. Topics include classical mythology, Native American, Asian, as well as nationalistic myths that affect a society's behavior. Special emphasis will be placed on the concept of archetypes. In addition to the books, we will view a few films that illustrate the continued significance of archetypal patterns. Some examples of archetypal patterns: creation, Armageddon (flood, fire), quest (journey and odyssey), death and rebirth, rites of passage, the wanderer (often associated with quest).
Required Texts: (These texts are for the Fall 2004 class offering. Check with the instructor before buying these books for later class offerings.)
Course Requirements: (for the Fall 2004 class offering)
- an essay on an archetypal pattern as developed in a classical myth
- an essay on a Native American myth illustrating an archetype
- a semester-long project in which you select one particular archetype and trace it through materials covered or other materials of your choosing.
- an oral presentation on a single issue of Parabola, a journal on mythology that is a thematic and journal
September 10, 2004