May 25th, 2004
|06:10 pm - My final paper for RS 541|
My paper will focus on the use of the Quetzalcoatl myth by Moctezuma to describe and guide interactions with Cortez and the conquistadors as detailed by David Carrasco, and comparing this to my own personal experience with a runaway in Arizona on Mother's Day. First off, we'll discuss the myth, as well as the Jimmy Buffett song that became mythologized when I encountered this runaway, and consider how Moctezuma's worldview and mine were similar with each myth. We'll start critical anyalysis with a phenomenological approach that details Eliade's views of myth, and how each myth fits into the lives of those who utilized them, and what exactly each myth did. We'll discuss Wendy Doniger's idea of the un-demythologized and the second naivate, followed by a quick touch on the idea of liminality and how it may or may not fit this situation. I will also touch on Lincoln's ideas of myth as a method of control, and perhaps how I may have been using mine in a very untoward sense. I'll probably discuss Kolakowski and his idea of myth as something we can never escape, no matter what we do or how conscious we are of our utilization. In particular, we'll focus on how sometting becomes part of a myth, and how things become mythologized, and how Urton might consider this a creation of a resource for the future. The paper has some serious implications, as most likely I'm stepping into uncharted territory where several comparative methods will need to be used. It's gonna be fun.
Boy, that all makes me sound smart. And I'm not even talking out of my ass yet!
Current Mood: enthralled
Current Music: "Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes", -JB
I can't wait to read it.... especially what you do with luminosity, one of my favorite subjects. :)
Hehe. Liminality. Not Luminosity. :)
oops.... that's what I get for doing too many things at once. *sigh*
Sounds like a great read. Very exciting. But tell me, will there be pictures of naked pornstars to accompany your paper? And possibly a soundtrack featuring Marilyn Manson and Story of the Year?
Well, so far, the soundtrack only features Buffett, as one of his songs plays a central role in the entire mythologizing bit. But perhaps I can work them both in.
As far as pictures of naked pornstars, I expect that those would look like "fluff" to my prof, so it might be best to leave them out.
and yet you *still* managed to work in Jimmy Buffett. I'm either impressed or scared...
No, not managed :) Buffett is an integral part to the paper. In fact, it's focusing on how I personally mythologized Buffett and created a storehouse of mythological reality through my constnt listening to him.