statue of Hecate CLS/WMS 061:
The Feminine Archetype
in Myth and Art
Topics, Assignments, and Notes

NB: All dates are provisional and some readings may change. Notes are linked to the relevant topics. Click on the link to see an e-mail challenge posted to students in two different classes this semester.

I. THEORETICAL BACKGROUND

A. The Nature of Archetypal Symbolism

January 26-February 4: Jungian Approach to Symbolic Interpretation

February 4-8: Individuation: Introduction, Ego, Persona; Shadow

February 11-16: Individuation: Anima/Animus; Self

Take-Home Test (due February 18)

B. Matriarchal/Patriarchal Consciousness and Values

February 18-23: Matriarchal/Patriarchal Attitudes of Consciousness and Value Systems

February 25: Importance of Reinterpreting and Reclaiming Archetypal Symbols; use the e-mail discussion list to respond to this challenge

Project on Reclaiming Symbols (due March 2)

C. The Feminine Archetype: Structure and Symbols

March 4-11: Elementary and Transformative Characters of the Feminine; Manifestations of Feminine Archetypal Symbolism in Art from Antiquity to the Present

Take-Home Test (due March 23)

II. ANALYSIS OF MYTHIC AND ARTISTIC SYMBOLISM

A. Classical Goddesses

March 23-30: Elementary Goddesses: Gaia, Hera, Demeter, Erinyes, Medusa, etc.

The Dark Goddess
neon Medusa
neon art sculpture by Prentice V. Clark

April 1-13: Transformative Goddesses: Pandora, Athena, Artemis, Aphrodite, etc.

Report on web search for Adopt-a-Goddess Essay (due April 20)

B. Primordial Goddess

April 15-20: The Primordial Goddess; the Great Mother and Son/Lover Pattern; Cybele; Primordial Goddess in Prehistoric and Contemporary Art (Judy Chicago's The Birth Project)

April 22: Viewing of the film The Graduate

Written Analysis of Archetypal Symbolism in Film (due April 29)

C. The Androgynous Ego

April 27-May 4: Androgyny and Archetypal Symbolism in Homer's Odyssey

III. PROJECTS ON CONTEMPORARY USES OF ARCHETYPAL FEMININE SYMBOLISM (May 6-13)

Adopt-a-Goddess Essay (due May 20 by 5:00 p.m.)

revised March, 1999
Barbara F. McManus
CLS 061 Syllabus