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All human societies have myths ­- significant stories passed down through generations that have great explanatory power. Myths address the most mysterious questions of life: how was the world created?; how should humans conduct themselves?; what happens after death?; what is our place in the universe?; what is a human being and where are the limits?; at what point does the questing human being become monstrous? In the modern period of European development, myths about human interference in processes of creation abounded. These myths dramatized the tension and conflict between the traditions of God-centred beliefs and the emerging scientific theories and practices. This unit explores the endurance and reinvention of some of the most significant myths of the modern period through the study of a number of famous plays, novels, stories and films.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSusan Gillett

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsBrave New WorldPrescribedHuxley, AVINTAGE, 2007
ReadingsBrave New World (film)PrescribedScott, R2007
ReadingsDoctor FaustusPrescribedMarlowe, C.(OUP) WORLD'S CLASSICS.
ReadingsDr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, in Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and Weir of HermistonPrescribedStevenson, R. L.(OUP) WORLD'S CLASSICS.
ReadingsFaustPrescribedMurnau. 1927N/A
ReadingsThe Island of Dr MoreauPrescribedWells, H.G.BARNES & NOBLE, 2004
ReadingsThe Island of Dr Moreau (film)PrescribedTaylor, D (director)N/A
ReadingsThe TempestPrescribedJarman D, 1979N/A
ReadingsThe TempestPrescribedShakespeareN/A

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