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Myth Matched: Comparing World Mythologies and Cultures (FLEX Class)
This 4-week FLEX class will discuss myths from various historic cultures, including Greek, Norse, Egyptian, Irish, Aztec, and more. We'll compare archetypes cultures share and consider how myths might reflect contrasting cultural norms.
Through this FLEX class, we will compare and contrast myths from various historic cultures, including Ancient Greek, Norse, Egyptian, Irish, Aztec, and others. We will examine what these bodies of myth have in common using ideas from comparative mythology, including archetypes, most famously applied by George Lucas in Star Wars. We will also analyze myths to consider what the values conveyed in the myths imply about the culture which created them, as well as examine times when past historians...
By the end of this class, students should be familiar with a variety of myths. If they participate in the weekly myth-sharing activities, students will practice their storytelling skills and independent research. Finally, practicing considering what values and morals are conveyed in myth strengthens students' ability to think critically about a piece of literature and the values it reflects, a skill that will serve them well in both history and English classes.
I have been a fan of mythology since I first encountered D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths and D'Aulaire's Book of Norse Myths in my elementary school library. I sought out books of myth from as many cultures as I could and began reading ancient histories because I wanted to understand not only the stories, but the people who told them. I've been sharing this interest with others since I first compared Ancient Greek and Norse mythology and culture for a 4th grade enrichment class project. My love for myths aside, my experience teaching this material largely stems from teaching one-time weekend lectures on various combinations of myths to students aged 11-18 as a college student, but the one-time lectures can never go as deep as I'd like into discussing the interactions between myths and culture, especially since I don't want to oversimplify the topic. I'm excited to use the FLEX class format to cover more myths and cultures and go deeper in the analysis!
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Potentially sensitive subjects that will be raised in the class discussion: - Adultery in myth and what that reflects about cultures' views on marriage and women - Violence in myth and what that reflects about cultures' comfort with violence (in the context of mythological beings being killed, maimed, or tortured) - Death and its inescapability in myth and what that reflects about the universal truth that we cannot bring people back from the dead - Menstruation as a reason for many moon deities being goddesses If you have specific questions about content, please reach out.
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Most of my classes are deep dives into interesting concepts that have changed the way I think and given me skills that I use constantly in my day job. As a mechanical engineering graduate, I enjoy teaching creative yet structured problem-solving...
$10weekly or $40 for 4 weeks
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