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Syllabus as Word doc 1, FR-1 - Spring 2009 World Mythology...

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Spring 2009 Rutgers University W o r l d M y t h o l o g y Course Description In this course we will encounter myths and related cultural artifacts from diver areas of the globe. We will read, view, recite, listen to, analyze, interpret, discuss, imagine, and feel mythology. We will explore the extent to which these myths may work in our own lives, and even for the betterment of humanity and beyond. Course Number: 01:195:150:04 Days, Time, and Place: M, W; 1:10-2:30; Frelinghuysen Hall B-4 Instructor: Neil Pischner Mailbox: 195 College Ave., New Brunswick, NJ 08901 Office Hours: Thursday 10:00-12:00, Au Bon Pain Email: [email protected] Dept. of Comparative Literature Website: http://complit.rutgers.edu Learning Outcomes The overall objective is for mythology inspire you personally. Also: You will grasp the essential aspects and elements of myths, legends, folk tales, rituals, and rites of passage while also understanding how such categories can overlap and even be reduced or expanded according to different peoples, “cultures,” and individuals around the world. For diverse kinds of cultural artifacts (e.g. oral stories, novels, poetry, plays, films, music, paintings, textiles, and so forth) you will more specifically be able to go beyond mere content summary in order to give them nuanced symbolic meaning using approaches of literary interpretation in combination with analytical perspectives put forth by Joseph Campbell (psychology/psychoanalysis), Victor Turner (anthropology), Vladimir Propp (formalism), Carl Jung (psychoanalysis), and various intellectuals and artists treating questions of postmodernism, quantum physics, and transcendental consciousness. You will sharpen your critical thinking skills through this process, and you will be able to evaluate as to which methods are most useful and fruitful for particular cultural artifacts. In this way, you will have an enriched appreciation, and nuanced critical understanding of the literature you read, the films you see, the music you listen to, the art you contemplate, the life you live, the person you vote for, and the larger world which you help create. You will strengthen and refine your writing skills, specifically using comparative theoretical perspectives. You will also have grown personally by having had a creative outlet. Required Texts (additional required texts are in our Sakai site’s RESOURCE folder: sakai.rutgers.edu) (1) Campbell, Joseph. The Hero With a Thousand Faces . Novato, CA: New World Library, 2008. (2) Coelho, Paolo. The Alchemist . New York: Harper One, 2006. 1 “But don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth, without complicated explanation, so everyone will understand the passage, We have opened you.” Jelaluddin Balkhi (Rumi) 1207-1273 Persian Sufi poet
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Spring 2009 NO CELL PHONES NO CELL PHONES -5 pts./Absence -2 pts./Tardy -5 pts./Absence -2 pts./Tardy Sakai DropBox by 10:00 p.m.
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