Why is Myth? by Elizabeth Vandiver 
Why is Myth? by Elizabeth Vandiver
by University of Maryland
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Date Added: July 22, 2017

Lecture Description

In this lecture, Elizabeth Vandiver continues her discussion of myth by looking at why myth is used, looking at the theories of Freud, Jung, Propp, Levi-Strauss, Burkert, and Campbell.

Obtained from archive.org.

Suggested reading:
"The Interpretation of Dreams" by Freud trans. Strachey: a.co/hgSj6e7
"Totem and Taboo" by Freud trans. Strachey: a.co/3sOVt5L
"Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious" by Jung trans. Hull: a.co/jaiuq0G
"Morphology of the Folktale" by Propp trans. Scott: a.co/0tue71X
"Structural Anthropology" by Levi-Strauss trans. Jacobson and Schoepf: a.co/4clvhGd
"Greek Religion" by Burkert trans. Raffan: a.co/euyRhSP
"The Power of Myth" by Campbell: a.co/5YWbWNO

Burkert's book would most interest a student of Greek Mythology.

Course Index

Course Description

Classical Mythology is an introduction to the primary characters and most important stories of classical Greek and Roman mythology. Among those you will study are the accounts of the creation of the world in Hesiod's Theogony and Ovid's Metamorphoses; the gods Zeus, Apollo, Demeter, Persephone, Hermes, Dionysos, and Aphrodite; the Greek Heroes, Theseus and Heracles (Hercules in the Roman version); and the most famous of all classical myths, the Trojan War.


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