Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Compare Medievalism and Mythmaking

Compare and contrast the concepts of medievalism as set out by Snyder or others and mythmaking or mythopoeia that we discussed earlier. Do these concepts reflect similar functions or ideas? How do they differ from each other? Is mythopoeia more all encompassing or can medievalism be equally all encompassing?

1 comment:

Varda said...

I think the concept of mythmaking inspires a more romantic response than medievalism, mostly because when we examine myths for the beauty of imagery or the mysticism surrounding supernatural or superhuman beings, we enter a bit of a dream world away from our own where anything is possible regardless of any objective analysis we may try to provide. Everybody loves a fantasy world. In contrast, medievalism allows people to take relatable mythology and trace the significant factors of the work back to historical events. This in turn allows some myths to reach a higher importance through the examples we see in our world. Today in class, a few groups mentioned Monty Python and the Holy Grail, or even Homer's famous works, as examples we can relate back to Snyder's chapter on medievalism. Not only do we form personal opinions and feelings toward the characters and images in these stories, but we also see parallels in the historical information we've learned throughout our lives. To be clear, I think medievalism and mythopoeia have their own strengths and weaknesses in terms of being all encompassing, and I think both factors actually compliment each other when considered together.