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FOLK 629 401 Theories of Myth

D. Ben-Amos
Seminar: Tuesday 12:00-2:00


Cross-listed with AMES 656. COML 662,RELS605

Theories of myth are the center of modern and post-modern, structural and post-structural thought. Myth has served as a vehicle and a metaphor for the formulation of a broad range of modern theories. In this course we will examine the theoretical foundations of these approaches to myth focusing on early thinkers such as Vico, and concluding with modern twentieth century scholars in several disciplines that make myth the central idea of their studies.

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