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ERIC Number: ED462699
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Pages: 15
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Kurukshetra and the O.K. Corral: A Comparative Narrative Analysis of "Wyatt Earp" and the "Mahabharat."
Stroud, Scott R.
Each culture advances its own inflected narrative rejoinder to the issues that have confronted it from both time immemorial and in recent developmental history. The important aspect of such a process, however, is that "mythic narratives" allow for answers to be advanced to pressing needs that any particular society may consider important. Keeping with an emphasis on myth in current scholarship, the field of rhetoric has advanced knowledge on how myths are promulgated in modern society. Through such mediums as film, mythic narratives are seen as providing powerful answers that attract societal interest. One approach exists that takes advantage of narrative theory in describing myths and how they compare with myths in other cultures. Two mythic narratives enshrined in film exemplify the heuristic value of this approach, the 1994 American filmic retelling of "Wyatt Earp" and a contemporary Indian film version of the Hindu epic, the "Mahabharata" (entitled "Mahabharat"). By examining the implied audience that these popular films project, the insights of narrative theory can be used to unearth the philosophical and normative themes within these mythic narratives that audiences reject, accept, or alter in future mythic discourse. The research in this paper continues this theoretical approach, extending the comparative power of narrative theory by utilizing myths in the description of culture and cultural warrants for audience action or belief. The paper elucidates a methodology grounded in narrative theory and contextualized mythology. It finds that while both of these narratives share a common micromyth of family revenge and regaining of power, the important cultural differences manifest themselves on the macromyth level. (Contains 69 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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