Mythology Review

The exam will consist of two parts.


1. Identifications: 3-5 sentence definitions/descriptions of 12 of the following terms.

  • At least 10 of these terms must be from list A.
  • You can do a maximum of 2 terms from list B (the list of topics from oral presentations).
(A)
metamorphosis
ritual
liminality
paradigmatic
syntagmatic
nature/culture
hero’s journey (p. 170)
monomyth
Mesopotamia
Gilgamesh and Enkidu
Ramayana
Oedipus
Greek tragedy
Dionysia (p. 462)
Levi-Strauss – structural study of myth – relationships and oppositions
diachronic *
synchronic*
trickster (Odysseus, Prometheus)
Heracles
Jung
Collective unconsciousness
archetypes (shadow, animus/anima, self)
dreams
individuation
folktale / fairy tale (lack or harm — >  trials (involving a donor, villain, false hero) –> resolution)
the Goose Girl
Cupid and Psyche
Asinus Aureus
(B)
Things Fall Apart
Stargate
Darksiders
Maximus
Skyrim
Chiyo/Sayuri
Night on Dark Mountain/Fantasia
Immortals
The Spirit
Link
The Lion King
Jonah
Trojan Pig / Hey Arnold!
Hyperboreans

2. Essay on Theories of Myth
You will be asked to read a myth or a story analyze and discuss it using no more than two of the theories of myth that we have studied:

  • Levi-Strauss’ theory of myth as a mediation of contradictions
  • Jung’s theory of archetypes
  • Victor Turner’s theory of myth and the phases of ritual (separation, liminal period, aggregation)
  • Propp’s theory of fairy tales/folktales (lack or harm that leads to a resolution, often a wedding; the story includes villain, donor, helper, hero, false hero)

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