Ancient Myth and Modern America

Instructor: 
Jonathan Bradshaw
Day/Time Taught: 
MWF 11:00-11:50 am
Term: 
Fall
Year: 
2010
Prefix: 
UCO
Course Number: 
1200

In our fast-paced and technologically-savvy times, people often feel that modern America
is worlds apart from the “primitive” ancient world. However, we are still asking the same questions
that people have asked for ages: Where do I come from? Who are the people around me and where
did they come from (and why won’t they go away)? How did I end up here? What is going on? These
seemingly basic questions can give rise to the most complicated and mystical answers.

This course will explore the various ways people have answered these types of questions through
their mythologies in both ancient and contemporary times. In this class, we will view myths as
communal productions, studying how similar narratives, images and ideas morph and transform in
different cultural settings and mediums. We will critically explore the way personal, cultural, historical
and political pressures all lean in upon a mythology to help shape and reshape it within specific
communities. In engaging these ideas, students in this course will learn to identify and analyze values
and assumptions that are embedded in various forms wherever they may appear.

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey
mccaugheym@appstate.edu

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