Myth – A myth is simply a story told over and over and over again by a group of people. Generally, we use “myth” to connote an ancient, sacred narrative (the rape of Prosperine to generate seasonality, the striking of the heavenly spear into the Pacific to create Japan), not just any story. This is [...]


Structuralism - In literary criticism, structuralism links various texts via a big idea about the elements and narrative shapes that are common among them. For example, one structure common to most (but not all) fiction is “a protagonist goes through some type of emotional change.” We can examine how the protagonist varies across genres and styles while [...]