Mythic Critical Analysis of "Time After Time"
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The paper explores some of the ways in which the popular science fiction movie "Time After Time" (1979) expresses and unfolds its narrative in mythic terms. The paper defines the expressions "mythic criticism" and "the archetype" and shows how the film reveals more of a mythic substratum than its makers may even have intended. The paper concludes that the filmmakers of "Time After Time" have followed the lead of much science fiction by their innovative utilization of fact, fiction and fantasy to create a new myth for the scientific age.
From the Paper:"According to A Handbook to Literature, the critical perspective known as mythic criticism is defined as that "which explores the nature and significance of the archetypes and archetypal patterns in the work" (Harmon and Holman 136). In this context, myth can be defined as that which portrays "a projection of social patterns upward onto a superhuman level that sanctions and stabilizes the secular ideology" (338). The same definition goes on to explain that myths, among their other functions, "attempt to explain creation, divinity, and religion; to probe the meaning of existence and death; to account for natural phenomena; and to chronicle the adventures of cultural heroes" (338). In reference to the archetype, the same handbook defines this term as a "primordial image" which draws upon the "prelogical mentality" (subconscious) of the reader / viewer and is frequently encountered in myth and folklore (41)."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Harmon, William and Holman, Hugh. A Handbook to Literature. 4th Ed. Upper Saddle River NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall 2006.
- "Monomyth." Wikipedia: a free online encyclopedia. 29 November 2006. Wikimedia Foundation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monomyth
- "Orpheus." Wikipedia: a free online encyclopedia. 30 November 2006. Wikimedia Foundation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orpheus
- VandeBerg and Wenner, "Mythic Criticism" (Excerpt). 2006.http://jneedham.iweb.bsu.edu/204/mythic_criticsm.htm
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