ENGL6330 Literature and Mythology

Course Description

This course explores the power of myths in shaping the human psyche and in developing cultural and sociopolitical perspectives. Simultaneously it emphasizes the importance of mythology to the understanding of literature, art, and music.

Course Credits: 3

Prerequisites: Admission in the English MA program or 24 undergraduate English hours. No formal prerequisites are required; I have structured the course with the assumption that students do not have a basic knowledge of Greek or Roman mythology.

Student Learning Outcomes:

By completing this course students will be able to do the following:

  1. Define and understand classical myths (Greek and Roman).
  2. Identify mythological allusions in poetry and fiction and popular culture and understand their significance.
  3. Discuss various interpretations of myths • Discuss the ideological forces that shape mythological constructs.
  4. Discuss the effects of mythology on gender constructs.
  5. Relate mythology to psychology, literature, art and culture.