Greek myth in literature, art, and music from antiquity to modern times. No prerequisites. Spring semester. Cross-listed with: WLIT 042.
Dates: June 18 - July 13, 2018
Mythology is a language we all speak. We’re reared on myths from childhood and are caught up in various mythologies as adults. Myths are stories that matter. They entertain and disturb us. They cause us to think about and sometimes reevaluate our place in the world. This online course, which counts as either a Humanities or Literature distribution requirement in the College of Arts and Sciences, introduces students to some of the major characters and episodes of Greek and Roman myth (gods, goddesses, heroes and heroines). It also explores various reworkings and interpretations of classical mythology in literature, art, philosophy, music, film, and television up to and including the present day. Primary texts include Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Aeschylus’s Oresteia, Euripides’s Bacchae, Sophocles’s Electra, and Hesiod’s Theogony. Castration, anyone? Incest? Cosmic warfare? Everlasting life? True love? Works of reception in the modern era are wide-ranging—episodes of South Park, for example, selections from Nietzsche and Freud, films by Pasolini and the Coen Brothers, the music of Bach, Beethoven, The Rolling Stones, the Blind Boys of Alabama and others, and artwork by Caravaggio, Titian, Botticelli, Salvador Dali, and Cindy Sherman, to name just the professor's favorites.
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