Hum 130: Myth in Human Culture

Course Outline



Little, C. Scott, ed. Mythology: The Illustrated Anthology of World Myth and Storytelling, San Diego, CA: Thunder Bay Press, 2002.  (MIA) 


Thury, Eva M and Devinney, Margaret K. Introduction to Mythology:  Contemporary Approaches to Classical and World Myths, New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2005.  (ITM)

Part One:  Introduction

WEEK 1-2:  (8/21-8/30)

ITM Ch. 1, "What is Myth?”

ITM Ch. 2, “Ways of Understanding Myth”

Part Two A:  Myths of Creation and Destruction: Creation

WEEK 3:  (9/4-9/6)

ITM   Ch. 3, “Greek Creation Stories”

MIA   pgs. 136-144

ITM Ch. 4, “Ovid’s Creation Story”

WEEK 4:  (9/11-9/13)

ITM Ch.  5, “Biblical Creation Stories”

ITM Ch. 6, “The Prose Edda’s Creation Stories”

 MIA pgs. 276-278

WEEK 5:  (9/18-9/20)

ITM Ch. 7, “Native American Creation Stories from the Southwestern United States

MIA pgs. 590-595

ITM Ch. 8, “African Creation Stories”

MIA pgs. 626-628

Part Two B: Myths of Creation and Destruction: Destruction

WEEK 6:  (9/25-9/27)

ITM Ch. 9, “Ragnarok”

MIA pgs. 320-325

WEEK 7:  (10/2-10/4)

FALL BREAK 10/6-10/7

ITM Ch. 10, “Biblical Flood Stories”

ITM Ch. 11, “Ovid’s Flood Story”

Part Three:  Heroes and Tricksters 

WEEK 8:  (10/9-10/11)

ITM Ch. 12, The Hero with a Thousand Faces

ITM Ch. 13, The Epic of Gilgamesh

MIA pgs. 116-133

ITM Ch. 14, “A Levi-Straussian Analysis of The Epic of Gilgamesh

ITM Ch. 15, “The Ramayana”

MIA pgs. 352-359

WEEK 9: (10/16-10/18)

ITM Ch.  16, “Heroes in The Prose Edda

MIA pgs. 282,286,296

ITM Ch. 17, Oedipus the King

ITM Ch. 18, “The Structural Study of the Myth”

ITM Ch. 19, “Raven: A Native American Trickster”

MIA pgs. 508-511

WEEK 10: (10/23-10/25)

ITM Ch. 20, The Mwindo Epic

ITM Ch. 21, “African and African-American Trickster Stories”

ITM Ch. 22, “Prometheus: The Greek Trickster”

MIA pg. 151     

ITM Ch. 23, “ Looking Back at Heroes: The Different Versions of a Myth”

 Part Four: Ritual and Myth

WEEK 11: (10/30-11/1)

 ITM Ch. 24, “Ritual”

ITM Ch. 25, “Demeter and Persephone: The Homeric Hymn to Demeter

MIA pgs. 162-165

ITM Ch. 26, “Isis and Osiris”

MIA pgs. 42-43

WEEK 12: (11/6-11/8)

 ITM Ch. 27, “Deciphering a Meal”

 ITM Ch. 28, “Rituals of Northern Europe

 MIA pgs.266-267

 ITM Ch. 29, “Heracles and Dionysus”

 Part Five: Folktale and Myth

 WEEK 13: (11/13-11/15)

 ITM Ch. 32, The Morphology of the Folktale

 ITM Ch. 33, “A Proppian Analysis of The Wizard of Oz

 ITM Ch. 34, Household Tales

 WEEK 14: (11/20)

 Thanksgiving Break 11/21 – 11/26

 ITM Ch. 35, “Cupid and Psyche”

 ITM Ch. 36, “Using Multiple Analysis to Highlight Different Aspects of the Same Tale”

 Part Six: Modern American Myths 

WEEK 15: (11/27-11/29)

ITM Ch. 37, “A Study of the Construction of the Daniel Boon Myth”

ITM Ch. 38, “Star Trek and The X-Files: The Changing Views of Science and Religion”

Part Seven: Myth and Literature

 WEEK 16: (12/4-12/6)

 ITM Ch. 39, “Mythological Themes in Poetry”

 ITM Ch. 40, “Mythological Themes in Native American Literature”

 ITM Ch. 41, “Mythological Themes in Modern Narrative”

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edited 04/17/07