Greek Lit Study Guide

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Greek Lit Study Guide Hermeneutics Hermeneutics – The Science of literary interpretation (Based off Greek God Hermes, messenger) 1. Functionalism – Notion that stories and myths have the role of changing societal norms. For example they reinforce things like importance of family or not being blindly confident in oneself. 2. Comparativism – Compare cultural texts and realize similarities/differences. Influence of Middle East and Europe on Greece and its culture. 3. Symbolism – a. Concrete – Tangible object to represent something (the pin in the myth of Oedipus) b. Psychological – Stories symbolize certain things going on in the human mind. For example, Oedipus Rex is a symbol of Freud’s Oedipus Complex. 4. Structuralism – Structural Linguistics (20 th Century). Ferdinand De Saussure – Signifier/Signified, Parole/Langue, Logos/Ergon. The word itself only carries meaning in the language, and has no inherent relationship to the object itself. Claude Levi-Strauss – structural
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