1World Mythology ENG 204-03 Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:00-11:15 ASH 2119 Instructor: Dr. McLeod Office: Lake Huron Hall 256 Email: [email protected]Office phone: 616.331.8576 Office hours: Wednesdays 2:00-3:30pm and Thursdays 2:30-4:00pm Course Objectives A comparative look at myths, folk tales, and fairy tales and how they derive from,and work on, the mind of a culture, both socially and aesthetically. Examines thesetales as works of art in their own right and also as metaphors expressing a society’smajor values, themes, and preoccupations. Fulfills Cultures - World Perspectives.Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisite: WRT 150. 3 credits.After successful completion of the course, students will be able to... •Interpret myths and understand some of the ways they function in societies andcultures;•Interpret mythic metaphors symbols, and analogies;•Compare and contrast significant characters, events, symbols, and actions (calledmotifs) in one story with similar events and symbols in another story;•Discuss cultural and archetypal influences on myths;•Improve analytical, mechanical, conceptual, connective writing skills;•Discover connections between these stories and our lives today.Besides helping you gain an understanding of myth historically and in its current culturalmanifestations, the goals of this course are to help you develop the following:•The ability to read literature critically and write about it analytically—and thuslearn the skills needed to examine your own daily events critically and developproblem-solving analytical abilities.•An appreciation of literature—and thus an appreciation of the diversity, differences,and nuances of the world and people around you.
2Required Texts You MUST have the editions specified on this list. Translations can vary significantly. Having a different translation from the one specified will negatively affect your performance in class and your grade. RAMAYANA(ISBN 9780143039679) By Narayan, R. K.SUNJATA(TRANS INNES) (ISBN 9780140447361) By Suso, BambaTHE EPIC OF GILGAMESH(ISBN 9781609807931) By Dixon, Kent H.THE ODYSSEY(ISBN 9780393089059) By Homer /Trans. Emily WilsonAssorted Handouts and Online postings/articles will be required.Grade Distribution/Assignments You will receive detailed handouts for the assignments.Assignments are subject to change at the instructor’s discretion based on the needs of the class. If assignments DO change, a formal addendum to the syllabus will be posted on Blackboard.•Class Assignments/Class Participation/Quizzes (10%)--In class writing assignments may or may not be announced. Class participation is an essential requirement of the course, and students will be expected to take part in small group discussion as well as reading their work before the class as a whole. •Online Journal (20%)— Not meeting the minimum requirement for the discussion board will adversely affect the final grade. Any student whose postings exceed the expected amount will help their grade. This is not to be confused with “extra credit.” •Group Presentation (20%)-- Students will present a myth to the class.