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From Pygmalion to the Phantom of the Opera: Myths of Yesterday and Today

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 (Maya, African, and Native American). 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, Camus’s Black Orpheus, 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.

Patricia Varas

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Patricia Varas