Mythology in Literature Course Description and Video

Mythology in Literature

Total classes: 13
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 9th to 10th grade
Suggested credit: 1 full semester Literature or English
Instructor: Kevin O’Brien
Course description: What is myth and how does it relate to storytelling in general and to our Catholic Faith in particular? How have the great myths of the world’s cultures been adapted into novels and plays?  What are the essential elements of myth that speak to the human condition? Using J.R.R. Tolkien’s insights into mythology as an interpretive guide, we will examine these and other questions, focusing on the connection between mythology and great literature.
Course materials: provided as PDFs by the instructor.  Additional suggested reading: Til We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis (; Other materials
Homework: Reading assignments, several tests, mid-term paper, final paper. Expect about four hours of prep (on average) for each class per week. Grading guidelines provided; Instructor Access available.