What I mean when I say: ‘Myth’

Associate Professor of Rhetoric Stephanie Kelley-Romano

Associate Professor of Rhetoric Stephanie Kelley-Romano

When Stephanie Kelley-Romano, associate professor of rhetoric, says the word “myth,” she means:

“An overarching, ideological system of beliefs that runs our lives, somewhat unbeknownst to us. Religions, political ideologies or things we think are ‘natural’ are actually beliefs and socially constructed systems. These myths allow us to feel as though we are participating in a life that is predictable and safe.”

The series “What I Mean When I Say” explains terms and phrases used by professors of Bates College in their teaching and research.

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