Class Introduction:

World Mythology examines the common elements found in myths from a variety of cultures, including the Middle East, Egypt, Africa, Asia, Northern Europe, and the Americas. Students will read ancient texts, plays, epics, poetry, and contemporary literature containing allusions to world myths. Topics of study will include the historical and theoretical basis of myths and archetypes, including creation, heroes, monsters, tricksters, and quests. World Mythology will include extensive reading, discussion, creative and analytical writing, and oral presentations.