Volume 9

Myth

A true story that may or may not have happened, often used by cultures to explain or understand some aspect of the external world. Across time, space, and cultures, myths develop in response to changing worldviews in an attempt to create a symbolic representation of the universe as we perceive it.

Mind

The construction of myth to explain the external world is a nearly universal human practice. Is the creation and use of myth a hard wired or necessary aspect of our humanity? Are our constructions of reality, our memories, or our identities myths? Can we ever fully grasp an objective reality? Do the myths we create help us better operate in this reality? To what extent are myths integral to our ability to understand? What role does the creation of myths play in the learning process? Do shared myths create a collective consciousness?

A Season by Carol Sun

Don’t Look Back by Drew Petriello

The Missing Stair by Shannon Annarella

Sisyphean Exercise by Mitchell Sturhann

Body

Mythical beasts are often portrayed with unique physical anatomy, how do such bodies characterize these creatures and create allegories of the cultural fears and phenomena they reflect? In a rational world that eschews mythology and fairy tales alike, why do visual depictions of such creatures remain so prevalent in art, media, and popular culture? In what ways has the human body been used a source for these mythologies?

America’s Daughters by Mariah Spears

Tree Transformation in Myths and Stories by Anastasia Finney

Happiness is. by Jay Dye

The Eye of the Dragon by Caitlyn Nguyen

Death

Death is a central feature to most myths, either as the impetus for change or as the final resolution.  Most of the longest-lasting myths in human history have discussed death, from The Odyssey to The Bible.  A myth is more than a story; it has the power to address the needs of the human psyche, and no need is deeper than that of confronting death.  How do we use myths to symbolize and understand death?  What sort of myths do cultures build around death?  How has death itself been turned into a myth?  How are popular myths influenced by the theme of death (for example zombies and vampires)?  Does death need to be mythicized?  Why or why not?

Marbles and Waves and a Boy Named Sam by Nicole Mclendon

Goddesses by Ashley Musick

Space

Myths, though often seen as particular to certain cultures, are in fact, inherently universal. Across space, we see how cross-cultural influences affect both the creation and spread of myths and, often, how multiple cultures have varying accounts of the same stories (for example, Cinderella). What is space’s role in alternately uniting and diversifying cultural texts and what are its effects on the myth itself? We invite you to consider how many myths feature similar settings and that almost all of them incorporate a journey of sorts. Why must characters enter and leave spaces (alternately, communities) in order to grow or complete a challenge? What is it about certain landscapes, both real and imaginary, that are imbued with so much significance that myths repeatedly make use of them?

Fuel to Burn by Seth Yund

Time

Myths have existed for as long as storytelling has existed. How has their fundamental nature changed over time? Are myths today similar to the myths told long ago? In an age of science, are myths still necessary to explain the unexplained? After generations of telling and retelling, how have certain long-lasting myths evolved over time? Alternately, think about time’s presence in myths. What myths have existed to explain the concept of time? What role or archetype has personified time in myths? Which myths have utilized time as a central concept?

I couldn’t think of anything to say by Anastasia Finney

Prague to Peace by Sarah Heinz

The Monstrosity of Medusa by Anastasia Finney

Sonnet on the Sorrow and Splendor of Salmon / return by Hannah Nailor

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