Studies in English: Myth in Literature

English 2000
Myth in Literature
Section 1
Maureen Konkle
Arts & Science 300

A myth is a story that takes place in the past, present, or future about something significant to the people who tell it. In this class we'll consider how myths work, even today, by looking at how these old stories circulate in literary and popular works, past and present, as well as among certain groups in society.  Why and how are these old stories still powerful?  What does it mean and when is it an issue when someone uses another group's stories? Course reading includes classical, Norse, African-American, Navajo, and Anishinaabe myths, and writers include Toni Morrison, Louise Erdrich, Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, and Rebecca Roanhorse. Course requirements include periodic quizzes, two papers, and a group project and presentation. English department diversity credit.