Japanese Mythology (CD or HA)

Subject associations
REL 323 / EAS 358
Term
Spring 2023
Instructors
Bryan D. Lowe
Registrar description

Myths are powerful. The stories we will read were first recorded around 1,300 years ago and continue to be told in the present day. We will ask why people -- both in Japan and humans more generally -- tell these types of tales. To answer this question, we will explore comparative approaches that search for universal patterns, myths as "ideology in narrative form" used as tools of legitimization, and appropriation of myths for new purposes in original contexts including feminist critiques.