Virtual ProgramTuesday, October 19

28-02 Folkloristic Work on Myth: Trends, Developments, and Tricksters

Tuesday, October 19, 8:45 pm–10:15 pm

  session will be recorded and available for later viewing online

Chair: Robert Guyker (Chapman University - Orange, CA)

8:45 pm
The Trickster in Korean Mythology
Charles D. La Shure (Seoul National University)

9:00 pm
Delimiting Myth: Genre, Disciplinary Boundaries, and Santa Claus
Daniel Peretti (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

9:15 pm
Mythologism in the Context of Heritage Tourism:An Ethnographic Study on Tour Guide’s Myth-telling Performance in Northern China
Lihui Yang (Beijing Normal University)

9:30 pm
Peripheral Myths in the Semiotics and Design of Everyday Things
Robert Guyker (Chapman University - Orange, CA)

9:45 pm
An Evaluation of Beringean Mythology
Tok Thompson (University of Southern California)

In continuing the theme of "Recentering the Periphery," we look to several gaps in the broader study of world mythology as a productive opportunity to address peripheral figures (e.g., Korean tricksters), culture-areas (Beringean mythology) and "contemporary" periphery via jolly Kris Kringle (Santa mythology), modern Chinese myth telling, and everyday objects (peripheral mythologies). To that end, our panel incorporates non-Western mythologies, non-conventional, and vernacular contexts to extend the research apparatus beyond abiding constraints in myth theory. This further raises the importance of recognizing hegemonic tendencies in discourse and work on myth.