Digital Narrative: Myth & Story

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Slides used in intro to Vladmir Propp and Joseph Campbell's approaches to myth and story, as a foundation for thinking about narrative in LHUM P410: Digital Narrative Theory and Practice, at Berklee College of Music.

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Digital Narrative: Myth & Story

  1. 1. LHUM P433: Digital Narrative Theory & Practice<br />Dr. Lori Landay<br />Spring 2011<br />Berklee College of Music<br />Myths & Stories<br />VladmirPropp & <br />Joseph Campbell<br />
  2. 2. Some questions before we begin<br />Universal or Particular?<br />What do myth and story do?<br />What do we gain from focusing on the commonalities? <br />
  3. 3. Propp: A Structuralist Approach<br />Character Types<br />The Hero<br />The Helper<br />The Villain<br />The False Hero<br />The Donor<br />The Dispatcher<br />The Princess<br />The Princess's Father<br />
  4. 4. Separation / departure<br />The first section of the story is about the separation of the hero from the normal world. Separation has symbolic echo of infant transition away from the mother and so has a scary feel to it.  <br /> I.1 The Call to Adventure <br />  I.2 Refusal of the Call/Acceptance of the Call <br />  I.3 Supernatural Aid <br />  I.4 Crossing of the First Threshold <br />  I.5 Entering the Belly of the Whale <br /> II. Initiation<br />In the main part of the story the hero is initiated into true heroic stature by various trials and rites. Through daring and battle, the true character emerges.  <br />II.1 Road of Trials<br />  II.2 The Meeting with the Goddess <br />  II.3 Woman as Temptress <br />  II.4 Atonement with the Father <br />  II.5 Apotheosis <br />  II.6 The Ultimate Boon <br />
III. Return<br />After initiation the hero can cleansed and return in triumph to deserved recognition, although this in itself may not be without its trials and tribulations.  <br />III.1 Refusal of the Return<br />  III.2 Magic Flight <br />  III.3 Rescue From Without <br />  III.4 Crossing of the Return Threshold <br />  III.5 Master of the Two Worlds <br />  III.6 Freedom to Live <br />Campbell: The Hero’s Journey<br />

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