SoSe 16: PS-Introduction to Cultural Studies II: Myth in Contemporary Culture
Nadja Ben Khelifa
If one feeds the word “myth” into the search engine of a major e-tailer in the year 2016, the hits include: board and video games, Welsh whisky, records, tools (!), films, and numerous works of ... Lesen Sie weiter
If one feeds the word “myth” into the search engine of a major e-tailer in the year 2016, the hits include: board and video games, Welsh whisky, records, tools (!), films, and numerous works of fiction, as well as popular and academic non-fiction, covering topics such as The Maestro Myth, The Myth of the Untroubled Therapist, The Diet Myth, Myths of the Norsemen, Adulthood is a Myth, The Myth of Mirror Neurons: The Real Neuroscience of Communication and Cognition. Myth, it seems, is a phenomenon that virtually stops short of nothing and its meaning comprises ‘stories of antiquity’, ‘the mysterious’ and ‘the unknown’ or flat out the other of truth. Thus, it runs the risk of becoming a blanket term. This seminar is exploring the cultural dimension of myth: its relationship with language, science, and the arts, as well as its manifestations in literature, film and architecture. Considering myth a symbolic form, we will look at the epistemological relevance of myth and its function in contemporary culture and society. With the support of different cultural theories of myth (e.g. Schilbrack, Blumenberg, Cassirer, Barthes) we will find answers to the basic questions of what is myth, how does it becomes manifest in contemporary culture, and what is its function?