Patricia VarasCourse taught by: Patricia Varas

How do we define myth? How do myths shape human beings and culture? Why are they so important in our lives? We will begin by exploring the meaning of myths and their relevance in a variety of cultures around the world. Then we will examine how Greek and Roman mythology is fundamental for understanding our Western culture today through contemporary texts and films such as Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, among others. We will include in our discussion approaches from anthropology, semiotics, psychology, cinema, literature, art history, and religion to further understand the power of myth.