CLAS 430 B (5 credits): Ancient Mythology (or Everything is Totally Rotten or The Gods are Horrible I Mean Seriously What the Hell)
- This course presents the major themes of Greek Mythology a somewhat unusual way, and one that you may find occasionally challenging;
- This course focuses on myths involving mortals rather than gods, for reasons that I will make clear;
- This course uses “women’s myths”—by which I mean myths that use women as the central characters or the catalysts for action—as an entry points into broader mythological themes;
- This course does not, however, promote either a “feminist mythology” or a “mythology of women" or any other social or political agenda (although such are often employed for myths, and we'll discuss this); finally
- This course will not cover “everything” mythical, but is designed to introduce you to mythical structure and function—I will give you the tools, not the "toys"
- No Pegasus. Absolutely no Pegasus.
Yes! The exams for this course will consist of four short-answer and essay question exams, and will be based on lectures and any notes or links on this website indicated as “required.” These are writing-heavy exams, and the successful student is expected to demonstrate both a full grasp of the material presented in lecture and in the texts, and the ability to discuss this material thoughtfully.