Introduction to the Study of Myth
What you'll learn
- Main methods used to analyse mythology
- Ability to understand the term "myth" and its connotations and applications
- Understand classical and contemporary debates in the study of mythology
- Explore mythology through anthropology
- Explore mythology through history
- An open mind
- A willingness to learn about myth and mythology
Have you ever found the narratives which surround us fascinating? Have you ever wanted to further explore the world of mythology? Do you ever wonder what it all means?
Explore a variety of approaches, definitions, and ways of analysing mythology. From those who see myths as all being the same, to those who scrutinise myths to find some underlying cultural structure - from popular culture to the environment - you can traverse the divergent fields of the study of myth.
In this course, we explore mythology from a variety of perspectives: anthropology, history, psychological, and much more.
This course is divided into seven sessions:
(1) What is a myth?
(2) Universalist Approaches
(3) Myths and Dreams
(4) Structuralist Approaches
(5) Space and Place
(6) Myth and Popular Culture
(7) Conclusion: Future of Myth
Who this course is for:
- Anyone with an interest in myth and mythology
Vivian Asimos is the co-founder of alt-ac. She received her PhD from Durham University, studying virtual narratives. She’s interested in the study of popular culture, and what contemporary narratives have to tell us about our current societies, understanding these narratives as our contemporary mythology. She is the editor of the Bloomsbury Reader in the Study of Myth, and the author of the forthcoming Digital Mythology and the Internet’s Monster. She can be found on twitter and on her website.