WES 100 (Myths, Rituals): Schedule of Readings & Assignments

August 25: Course introductions, expectations

Myths

August 27: An introduction to Myth

September 1
READ: Eliade, ch. 1 (“Archetypes and Repetition“)
VIEW: Moyers / Campbell, episode 1 (“The Hero’s Adventure“)

September 3
READ:  Eliade, ch. 2 (“The Regeneration of Time“)
VIEW:  Moyers / Campbell, episode 3 (“The First Storytellers“)

September 8
READ:  Eliade, ch. 3 (“Misfortune and History“)
VIEW: Moyers / Campbell, episode 6 (“The Mask of Eternity“)

September 10
READ: The Epic of Gilgamesh (entire)

September 15-22
READ: GAIMAN (entire)

September 24: Research Methods
DUE: Part 1 (Myth)

Rituals

September 29: An Introduction to Ritual
READ: Miner, “Body Ritual Among the Nacerima

October 1
READ: STEPHENSON, ch. 1-2

October 6
READ: STEPHENSON, ch. 3-4

October 8
READ: STEPHENSON, ch. 5-7

October 13
READ: Turner, “Betwixt and Between
VIEW: Holy Ghost People

October 15
READ: Roof, “Blood in the Barbecue

October 20
READ: Andrews, “Rituals of the African American Domus

October 22
READ: McBride, “Capital Punishment

October 27
READ: McClymond, “Of Fists and Feathers

October 29
READ: Bellah, “Civil Religion in America
DUE: Part II (Ritual)

November 3 – 5: Writing Seminars

Conversations & Conclusions

November 10 – 19: Presentations

[End of in-person instruction]

November 24, December 1, 3: On-line conversations
READ: LAWRENCE / JEWETT (specific chapters TBA)

December 10
DUE: Final Paper (submitted electronically via email, by 11:00 a.m.)