Spring 2012 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
The class will explore, from a mythological perspective, how we have come to live in a world surrounded by an increasingly pervasive, powerful deluge of mythological informed media representations. Yet the content, language, formations, and templates applied are mythological, if not fundamental, to the origins of human consciousness and civilization. The potent combination of Myth and/in Media is not only reiterates and reaffirms old while facilitating the creation of new mythologies, a new way of being in the world whereby we are becoming a self-aware performers and characters in a narrative we are simultaneously creating and enacting. Included will be mythological examinations of popular television programs, music videos, video games, comic books, and films such as Star Wars, the Harry Potter films, Thor, and Matrix.
Anthology Of Classical Myth, by Thomas G. Palaima Stephen Trzaskoma, R. Scott Smith, Stephen Brunet
A General Theory of Magic, Marcel Mauss
The Hero and the Outlaw, by Mark and Pearson
Mediated, by Thomas De Zengotita
The Myth of the American Superhero, John Shelton Lawrence
additional material via eLearning
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
5 papers—5 page minimum
Field Research project and documentation (may relate to short papers and/or final project).
Completion of reading assignments and participation in seminar discussion.
1 final project—topic subject to instructor-student agreement dealing with myth/media manifestations and may coordinate with short papers and/or field research projects.