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Course Code: 
THTR 332
Course Type: 
Free Elective
Course Language: 
Course Objectives: 
This course is designed to develop awareness of the functions of myth within the culture, the ways in which myth affected and reflected cultural values and cultural change. The aim of the course is build awareness of the different uses of myth in literature, movies and plays.
Course Content: 

The course examines mythological stories all around the world and identifies differences according to cultural structures. Iconographic method is used to analyze texts, movies and plays in relation with mythical patterns. The students choose a culture to work on and analyze their myths and make presentations. As a second assignment, they are expected to analyze a movie or a play by using Campbell’s Hero’s Quest and Jung’s archetypical schemes.

Course Methodology: 
1: Lecture, 2: Question-Answer, 3: Discussion, 4: Case Study
Course Evaluation Methods: 
A: Testing, C: Homework, B: Presentation

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Course Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes Program Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
To have an idea and information about the Ancient Greek-Roman mythology influenced directly the Western culture. 2 1-2-3-4 A-B-C
Recognition of the relationship of Western culture with history, culture and art. 1 1-2-3-4 A-B-C


Course Flow

Week Topics Study Materials
1 What do we know about Myths? Mirceau Eliade, “Mit nedir?”, Mitlerin Özellikleri. Om Yayınları, 2001.

Course Pack with critical Articles.

2 Differences and similarities: Myth and Ritual, Myth and History, Myth and Story, Myth and Science, Myth and Religion. Mirceau Eliade, Mitlerin Özellikleri.

Peter Heehs, “Myth, History, and Theory”,

Art Stawinski, “Truth in Myth and Science”, Robert A. Segal, “The Myth and Ritual Theory”,



3 Theories of Myth Percy S. Cohen, “Theories of Myth” in Man, New Series, Vol. 4, No. 3 (Sep., 1969)
4 Creation Myths (Cosmogony) Stuart McLean, “Stories and Cosmogonies: İmagining Creativity Beyond ‘Nature’ and ‘Culture’,
5 Destruction Myths (Eschatology) S.B. Frost, “Eschatology and Myth”
6 Iconography as an analysis method and history of Iconography Roelof Van Straten, “Panofsky and Iconclass”,

Analysis of Boticelli’s “Primavera” Painting

7 Midterm  
8 Hero’s Quest Joseph Campbell, “The Hero with a Thousand Faces.
9 Odysseus’s Journey- Telemakhos’ Story Odysseus, Homer. First four chapter.
10 Jung’s Archetypes and Vogler Jung Psikolojisinin Ana Hatları, Frieda Fordham
11 Hero’s Quest and Jung’s Archetypes in Cinema Star Wars, A New Hope and Matrix.  
12 Presentations Analysis of Movies
13 Presentations Analysis of Movies
14 Presentations and Overview Analysis of Movies


Recommended Sources

  1. Mitlerin Özellikleri, Mirecau Eliade, Om Yayınları, 2001
  2. Course Pack with critical Articles including “Myth, History, and Theory” by Peter Heehs, History and Theory, Vol. 33, NO.1 (Feb., 1994), “Truth in Myth and Science” by Art Stawinski in Dialogue and Universalism, NO. 1-2/2005,  “The Myth and Ritual Theory: An Overview by Robert A. Segal in The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy, Vol. 6, “Stories and Cosmogonies: İmagining Creativity Beyond ‘Nature’ and ‘Culture’ by Stuart McLean, Cultural Anthropology, Vol. 24, Issue 2, etc.
  3. The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell. New World Library, (3rd Edition), 2008.
  4. Odysseus, Homer. (Online) http://classics.mit.edu/Homer/odyssey.html
Additional Resources
  1. The Greek Myths, Robert Graves. Middlesex: Penguin Books, 1962 (4th Edition)
  2. Mitoloji ve İkonografi, Bedrettin Cömert. Ankara: DeKi Yayınları, 2006.
  3. Mesopotomian Myths, Henrietta McCall, London: British Museum Press, 2004.
  4. Mit ve Destan, Georges Dumezil, Translated by Ali Berktay. Istanbul: YKY, 2012.
  5. Tarihin Görgü Tanıkları, Peter Burke, Translated by Zeynep Yelçe. Istanbul: Kitap Yayınevi, 2003.
  6. Dünya Mitolojisi, Donna Rosenberg. Ankara: İmge Kİtabevi, 1998.
  7. Türk Mitolojisi, Bahattin Ögel. Ankara: Türk Tarih Kurumu Basımevi, 1993.
  8. Ortadoğu Mitolojisi, S.H. Hooke. Ankara: İmge Kitabevi, 1993.
  9. Mitolojinin Kültürel Tarihi, Zeki Tez. Istanbul: Doruk Yayıncılık, 2008.
  10. Popol-Vuh. Maya-Kişelerin Kutsal Kitabı. Rafail Girard. Translated by Suat Tahsuğ. Istanbul: Ruh ve Madde Yayınları. 1991.
  11. Sanatın Mitolojisi, İsmail Gezgin. Istanbul: Sel Yayıncılık, 2008.
  12. İlkel Mitoloji/Tanrının Maskeleri. Joseph Campbell. Translated by Kudret Emiroğlu. Ankara: İmge Kitabevi, 1995 (2nd Edition)
  13. Kahramanın Sonsuz Yolculuğu, Joseph Campbell. Translated by Sabri Gürses. Istanbul: Kabalcı Yayınevi, 2000.
  14. Rüyalar Masallar Mitoslar, Erich Fromm. Translated by Aydın Arıtan, Kaan H. Ökten. Istanbul: Arıtan Yayınevi, 1995.
  15. Jung Psikolojisinin Ana Hatları, Frieda Fordham. Translated by Aslan Yalçıner. Istanbul: Say Kitap Pazarlama, 1983.
  16. Minyatürlerle Osmanlı-İslam Mitologyası, Metin And. Istanbul: YKY, 2010.
  17. İkonoloji/İmaj, Metin, İdeoloji, W.J.T. Mitchell. Translated by Hüsamettin Aslan. Istanbul: Paradigma Yayıncılık, 2005.


Material Sharing

Documents Documentaries, Movies (Star Wars, Matrix, etc.)



Mid-terms 1 30
Quizzes 2 20
Assignment 2 50
Total   100
Total   100



COURSE CATEGORY Expertise/Field Courses


Course’s Contribution to Program

No   Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 The ability of creating creative idea, project,show, performance etc.in the field of drama and acting.       *  
2 The ability of examining social relationships and the norms that are leading the serelationships with a critical approach and improving such suggestions as human and society-centered, cultural sensitive project, show, performance etc.   *      
3 The ability of defining the process of artistic creation in the field of drama and acting, describing this process orally or written in detail          
4 The ability of using absorbed knowledge and skills in the period of implementation in interdisciplinary works       *  
5 The ability of interpreting the material handled by relating between the acquired knowledge and experiences       *  
6 The ability of having absolute sovereignty of his instruments as the voice and body in the field of acting          
7 The ability of seeing, defining the relationship between his way of thinking, spiritual World and society’s way of thinking and perception, and imroving the expression of his intrument by making use of these       *  
8 The ability of transferring the designs /projects by using principles and developments of the contemporary acting and drama in the field of drama and acting to the performance of acting.          
9 The ability of interacting of the human kind with social, economic, political and especially the cultural heritage       *  
10 The ability of recognizing historical heritage and experience in the field of drama and acting,and approaching, interpreting and using critically this heritage and experience          



Activities Quantity Duration
Course Duration (Including the exam week: 14x Total course hours) 14 3 42
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 14 3 42
Homeworks 14 3 42
Presentation 8 2 16
Midterm 1 4 4
Final Exam 1 4 4
Total Work Load     150
Total Work Load / 30 (h)     5