Program Details

The Myth of National Purity:  Who Writes the Story of Who Belongs?

Cora Bresciano
Politics / Science
Video Catch-up

Course Description

The stories we're told about various groups of people can have a profound effect on our opinion and treatment of those people. That's why governments in many eras and countries have used myth to label various groups as "pure" and worthy of belonging—or as "undesirable" and deserving of elimination. Political myths enable leaders to gain agreement from the populace that it's best to "disappear" these undesirables from the story of the nation. In their turn, though, writers who explore those times and places in their fiction can use their own myths to re-inscribe the missing people into the story of the world. In this session, we'll look at the damaging myths that have obscured and the healing myths that have revealed our fellow humans in several places in Europe and the Caribbean in the 20th and 21st centuries. 

About the Instructor

  • Cora Bresciano, MFA, was the co-founder and, for fourteen years, the executive director of Blue Planet Global Education, a non-profit organization that coached educators on creating international writing-and-arts collaborations. She has been a Visiting Instructor at FAU, teaching myth and magical realism in literature along with creative and first-year writing. She lectures and presents in the U.S. and abroad, most recently in Lisbon at the Modern Language Association International Symposium. She is currently completing her Ph.D. dissertation on the agency of myth and absence in Franco's Spain and Francoist historical fiction. She holds a master's degree in creative writing from FAU, where she received the Frank and Courtney Brogan Award in Fiction, and a bachelor's degree in music education from Hofstra University in New York.