REL 525 Theories and Meanings of Myth
This course explores the theories and meanings of mythology in the contemporary world. Using theoretical lenses developed by mythologists such as Joseph Campbell and Roland Barthes, students will explore both world mythologies and contemporary myths to understand the depth and breadth of mythology and its functions. The course culminates with a UNESCO workshop on Myth in the World with students presenting their research on the mythology of a particular group and area.
James Boobar, MFA
James holds an MFA in Fiction with a concentration in Literary Theory from the Stonecoast Writing Program at the University of Southern Maine and a BA in Literary and Philosophical Discourse from the Johnston Center of Integrative Studies at the University of Redlands. Besides teaching at UPR, he has taught at the University of Redlands and led a "seminar in the streets" on the life and writings of Fyodor Dostoevsky in St. Petersburg, Russia. He currently lives and writes in Izmir, Turkey.
"I began attending lectures and events at Manly Hall's PRS over 20 years ago, and the lectures and learning have been an influential and inspirational experience of intellectual and spiritual enrichment ever since. Having previously taught Mythologies with current UPR President Dr. Greg Salyer in earlier years, the current UPR course Theories and Meanings of Myth has been a joyful continuation of exciting, uplifting, and edifying explorations into myth, meaning, and wonder in our lives through discussions, sharing, and co-reading with students."