195.150.B6 - World Mythology Syllabus Summer 2011 1 World...

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World Mythology Syllabus Summer 2011 World Mythology Summer 2011 Comparative Literature Course number: 01:195:150 section B6 Index Number: 84643 Meeting time: Wednesday and Friday 10 to 1.40 pm Instructor: Salvatore Pappalardo Office hours: Thursdays 5 pm – 6 pm or by appointment Program of Comparative Literature Course description: This course is constructed in such a way as to function as both a survey of world mythology and a deep engagement with selected literary texts. An anthology of world mythology will offer a broad, comparative perspective on mythological themes, while the reading of texts in their entirety will help us appreciate myths in their historical, literary and aesthetic contexts. The class will engage with basic mythological themes such as cosmogony, the flood, the hero/heroine and the trickster, the afterlife, and the apocalypse. We will focus on the concept of deity in different traditions ranging from Greek and Roman mythology, to Babylonian and Egyptian myths, as well as Indian, African, Middle Eastern, Native Northern American and Mesoamerican mythology. Prominent mythological figures in this course will be Oedipus, Prometheus, Europa, Antigone, Sakunatala, Gilgamesh, Aladin, Sinbad, Ali Baba, Isis and Osiris, Quetzalcoatl and Tezcatlipoca. This course fulfils the Humanities Requirement Course objective: The objective of this course is to introduce students to mythology in a global context, teaching them to look at myths from a comparative perspective. In a course designed to heighten global awareness, the students will learn about different mythological traditions. To facilitate the interpretations of mythological tales, students will be familiarized with theoretical frameworks useful in the understanding of a diverse range of myths. Requirements: Attendance and participation 20% Oral Presentation (10 minutes) 20% Midterm paper (6 pages) 30% Final comparative paper (6 -8 pages) 30% 1
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World Mythology Syllabus Summer 2011 Guidelines for the papers: All written assignments must be printed in black ink on one side of white paper. Pages must be numbered sequentially in the bottom right hand corner. All papers must be written in Times New Roman size 12 (size and font used here). No other font and size will be accepted. All papers must have standard 1-inch margins on the top, bottom, left and right sides. Do not justify the margins of your paper – left alignment only. All papers must have a title, preferably a relevant one free of cliché and sentiment. All papers must be double-spaced. Papers not in compliance with the regulations will not be read and will not receive a grade. As for the final comparative paper: what is required is not a comparing and contrasting of
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