THFS 205. Myth and Culture

Why do myths play such an important role in human culture?  This course introduces students to a variety of methods for understanding the role of myths in religious communities and in modern secular culture.  The bulk of the course is devoted to an examination of the major classical and contemporary theories of the meaning and interpretation of myths (anthropological, structuralist, psychoanalytical, etc.), with examples drawn from a variety of cultures both ancient and modern.
Offered: Regularly
Credits: 3