During my minor in Folklore & Mythology, I took several courses that examined story structure and motifs in literature, from the Hero's Journey to descent narratives to archetypal characters and more. I also learned to take oral histories and do research about cultures. I've always loved storytelling, and learning more about these areas has made me a better storyteller.

Game Analysis:

Video Game Report: Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days & Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box: An analysis and comparison of the two Nintendo DS titles using Aristotle's Poetics, as well as Janet Murray's New Poetics. I found one of the games, Kingdom Hearts, very satisfying, while the other, Professor Layton, was very disappointing.

Literary Analysis:

The Epic of Gilgamesh, The Odyssey, and the Warrior-to-be: An essay discussing the evolution of Gilgamesh and Telemachos as they grow from warriors-to-be into the classical model of warrior-heroes.

Tolkien's Uses of Classical and Medieval Heroic Traits: An essay about Tolkein's use of heroic traits from both the classical era and the medieval era in The Silmarillion and The Tale of the Children of Hurin, drawing on previous discussion in the class of The Odyssey, The Epic of Gilgamesh, Beowulf, and Yvain, the Knight of the Lion.

Use of Foils in The Virginian: A discussion of the foils to the protagonist of The Virginian by Owen Wister.

Models of Heroic Narratives and The Golden Compass: A discussion of The Golden Compass and how it fits the heroic models of Arnold van Gennep, Lord Raglan, and Northrop Frye.