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Unformatted text preview: b. Sources of western culture i. Greeks vs. Persians 1. Leonides vs. Xerxes ( 300 ) 2. Alexander vs. Darius ii. Rome: pax et securitas iii. Israel 1. Joshua vs. Canaanites 2. Jesus vs. Satan II. Culture and Myth a. What is culture? i. standard of excellence 1. high/low 2. high/folk/low ii. way of life iii. subaltern/oppressed iv. popular culture b. Myth i. traditional ii. usually involves superhuman characters iii. usually concerns events remote in antiquity iv. usually involves a conviction that the world is we perceive it with our outward senses is not the complete picture (e.g. Harry Potter) 1. intertwining of good and evil (not simply binary opposites) 2. heaven & hell meet on earth v. Tolkien: myth ! lie, but a fragment of the truth vi. Frye: myth = extended metaphor for human condition 1. nostalgia 2. alienation + separation 3. hope of restoration...
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This note was uploaded on 04/22/2008 for the course RELG 203 taught by Professor Kaiser during the Spring '08 term at McGill.
- Spring '08