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Humanities 50: Intro to Mythology
 
This course examines from a variety of critical perspectives the mythologies that have played a crucial role in the formation of the themes, motifs, and concerns central to the development of the Western humanities. Critical approaches typically considered include those of Walter Burkert, Joseph Campbell, Sir James Frazier, Robert Graves, Jane Harrison, C.G. Jung, Lord Raglan, Bronislaw Malinowski, Jessie Weston, and selected feminist and postmodern theorists. (Catalog Description.)

Syllabus: Humanities 50 Syllabus Sp15.pdfHumanities 50 Syllabus Sp15.pdf

Handouts

Required Text:
Thury, Eva M. and Margaret K. Devinney. Contemporary Approaches to Classical and World Myths. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.
 

Assignment Schedule

Subject to Change

Month

Date

Day

Assignment Due

January

19

Mon

MLK Holiday—No Class

 

20

Wed

First Day—No Assignment

 

26

Mon

Read: Chapter 1: What is Myth?

Read: Chapter 2: Ways of Understanding Myth

 

28

Wed

Read: Chapter 3: Greece--Hesiod

Read: Chapter 4: Rome--Ovid

February

2

Mon

Read: Chapter 5: The Bible

Read: Chapter 6: Mesopotamia

 

4

Wed

Read: Chapter 7:Icelandic/Norse

Read: Chapter 8: North America

 

9

Mon

Read: Chapter 9: Africa

Read: Chapter 10: China

 

11

Wed

Read: Chapter  11: Mesoamerica

Read: Chapter 12: Rome (Destruction)

 

16

Mon

Presidents’ Day—No Class

 

18

Wed

Read: Chapter 13: Bible (Destruction)

Read: Chapter 14: Icelandic/Norse (Destruction)

 

23

Mon

Read: Chapter  15: Theory—Joseph Campbell

Read: Chapter 22: Theory—Levi-Strauss (Structuralism)

 

25

Wed

Read: Chapter 16: Epic of Gilgamesh

Read: Chapter 17: Apply Theory Levi-Strauss/Gilgamesh

 

27

Fri

Paper #1 Due at 11:59 p.m. (Use Turnitin on Blackboard)

March

2

Mon

Read: Chapter 18: India--Ramayana

Read: Chapter 19: Prose-Edda Heroes

 

4

Wed

Read: Chapter  20: Mwindo Epic

Read: Chapter 21: Sophocles-Oedipus

 

9

Mon

Read: Chapter 23: Raven

Read: Chapter 24: African/African-American Tricksters

 

11

Wed

Read: Chapter 25: Prometheus

Read: Chapter 26: Applying Theory—Different Versions

 

16

Mon

Read: Chapter 27: Turner—Forest of Symbols

Read: Chapter 28: Demeter and Persephone

 

18

Wed

Read: Chapter  29: Isis and Osiris

Read: Chapter 30: Mary Douglas

 

23

Mon

Spring Break—No Class

 

25

Wed

Spring Break—No Class

 

30

Mon

Read: Chapter  31: Rituals of Iceland

Read: Chapter 32: Heracles and Dionysus

April

1

Wed

Read: Chapter 33: Jung

Read: Chapter 34: How to Perform Jungian Analysis

 

5

Sun

Paper #2 Due at 11:59 p.m. (Use Turnitin on Blackboard)

 

6

Mon

Read: Chapter 35: Propp

Read: Chapter 36: The Wizard of Oz

 

8

Wed

Read: Chapter 37: Grimms’ Household Tales

Read: Chapter 38: Cupid and Psyche

 

13

Mon

Read: Chapter 39: Doing Multiple Analysis

 

15

Wed

Read: Chapter 40: Daniel Boone

Read: Chapter 41: Stagecoach and Firefly

 

20

Mon

Read: Chapter 42: Harry Potter

Read: Chapter 43: Vampires

 

22

Wed

Read: Chapter 44: Poetry and Myth

Read: Chapter 45: “yellow Woman”

 

27

Mon

Read: Chapter 46: Narrative and Myth

Watching  Film in Class T.B.D.

 

29

Wed

Watching  Film in Class T.B.D.

May

4

Mon

Watching  Film in Class T.B.D.

 

6

Wed

Watching  Film in Class T.B.D.

 

10

Sun

Paper #3 Due at 11:59 p.m. (Use Turnitin on Blackboard)

 

11

Mon

Watching  Film in Class T.B.D.

 

13

Wed

Watching  Film in Class T.B.D.

 

18

Mon

Final Exam Part I

 

20

Wed

Final Exam Part II

 

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