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CC303 Classical Myth Spring 2008 Prof. P. Perlman Study Guide for 1/17 There are endnotes (pp. 35-39). I encourage you to read them and see if they are useful/interesting to you. If so, continue to read them, if not, skip it. If you encounter terms that are unfamiliar to you, you might find the glossaries at the back of the book helpful: Glossary of Mythological Words and Phrases in English (pp. 805-817); Glossary/Index of Mythological and Historical Persons, Places, Subjects (pp. I- 12-end). 1. How does a myth differ from saga/legend? from folktales? 2. Is there any truth in myth? If so, explain in what sense(s). 3. Why are myth and religion "inextricably entwined"? 4. What is the etiological approach to the interpretation of myth? According to Morford and Lenardon, how useful is this approach? 5. Explain what a metaphorical approach to myth interpretation is. 6. What is nature allegory? 7. What is Freud's "Oedipal Complex"? What about his "Electra Complex"? Upon what
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Unformatted text preview: view of the nature of myth does Freud base his interpretation? 8. What is an "archetype" in Jung's theory of myth? 9. What is the meaning of "myth as social charter"? That is, according to Bronislav Malinowski, what is the function of myth? 10. According to Claude Lvi-Strauss, what is the function of myth? 11. Pay close attention to the discussion of Walter Burkert and his four theses (p. 15). 12. Pay close attention to the description of women in Greek society (p. 19). Ditto for the discussion of homosexuality in antiquity (pp. 21-23). These brief descriptions will be a useful starting point for us. 13. I expect that all of you found the South American Indian myth more bizarre and downright uncomfortable to read than the Greek Actaeon myth. But when you think about it, the Actaeon story is pretty strange and brutal. Why do you think the South American story strikes you as stranger than the Greek one....
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