Professor Kathryn McClymond, Ph.D.

Professor Kathryn  McClymond
  • Georgia State University
  • Harvard University
…Myths still speak to universal human experience, containing kernels of truth that seem to transcend space and time.

Professor Kathryn McClymond is Chair and Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Georgia State University, where she has taught since 1999. Professor McClymond graduated cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in History and Literature and later pursued her M.A. and Ph.D. in Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her focus was on comparative ritual studies, with an emphasis on Hindu and Jewish traditions.

Professor McClymond has published widely on religion and ritual, focusing on sacrifice and violence. She also has been involved in collaborative research that emphasizes the importance of story and narrative in individual lives. Current projects include developing an oral history archive of the religious life stories of residents of Atlanta, Georgia, and an interdisciplinary program that encourages military personnel and veterans to integrate morally traumatic experiences into their own moral and ethical life stories.

Professor McClymond is the recipient of the Georgia State University College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award (2006) and the Georgia State University Distinguished Honors Professor Award (2002). In 2013, she was elected to the American Society for the Study of Religion. She also has been a member of the Board of Regents for the University of California.

Professor McClymond is the author of Beyond Sacred Violence: A Comparative Study of Sacrifice and the forthcoming Ritual Gone Wrong: What We Learn from Ritual Disruption, as well as numerous academic articles.

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  1. Great Mythologies of the World Sale

    Great Mythologies of the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
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    The deep-seated origins and wide-reaching lessons of ancient myths built the foundation for our modern legacies. Explore the mythologies of Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Learn what makes these stories so important, distinctive, and able to withstand the test of time. Discover how, despite geographical implausibilities, many myths from across the oceans share themes, morals, and archetypes.
  2. (Set) Great Mythologies of the World & Greek Tragedy Set

    (Set) Great Mythologies of the World & Greek Tragedy

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $879.90 Starting at $879.90 $879.90 $879.90$879.90
    Ancient stories have influenced modern literature in a plethora of ways – from plots, to characters, to the morals they teach. Take a deep-dive into some of the greatest stories ever told with this two-course set. Learn the origins of timeless myths from around five continents with Great Mythologies of the World and then take a deep dive into some of the most compelling Greek dramas written with Greek Tragedy.
  3. (Set) Great Mythologies of the World & Heroes and Legends Set

    (Set) Great Mythologies of the World & Heroes and Legends

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $744.90 Starting at $744.90 $879.90 $744.90$879.90
    The abundant stories of the world helped define and shape our civilizations. Explore the origins, heroes, villains, and messages from the some of the great cultures with this two-course set. Start with the Heroes and Legends: The Most Influential Characters of Literature to discover memorable characters in fiction. Then explore the archetypes provided the basis for these stories in Great Mythologies of the World.
  4. (Set) Great Mythologies of the World & Cultural Literacy for Religion Set

    (Set) Great Mythologies of the World & Cultural Literacy for Religion

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $744.90 Starting at $744.90 $879.90 $744.90$879.90
    Explore the religious, cultural, and historical context and impact of some of the most famous stories of all times with this two-course set. Discover some of the most important and influential ancient stories from five continents with Great Mythologies of the World. Then Cultural Literacy for Religion will explore how religion informs our everyday lives, from art and music to laws and civic engagement.
  5. (Set) Great Mythologies of the World & Classical Mythology Set on sale

    (Set) Great Mythologies of the World & Classical Mythology

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $706.00 Starting at $111.90 $879.90 $111.90$879.90
    No matter how much you think you know mythology, this two-course set will open your eyes to fascinating, new insights. Great Mythologies of the World will introduce you to the ancient stories of ancient civilizations for five continents, while Classic Mythology will provide a deep dive into primary characters and most important stories of classical Greek and Roman mythology from Athena to Zeus.
  6. (Set) Native Peoples of North America & Great Mythologies of the World Set

    (Set) Native Peoples of North America & Great Mythologies of the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $764.90 Starting at $764.90 $894.90 $764.90$894.90
    Reveal a new side of history with this two-course set. Start by enriching your understanding of Native America and its diverse peoples with Native Peoples of North America. Then, look at the history of ancient civilizations through the lens of the stories they told in Great Mythologies of the World.
  7. (Set) Great Mythologies of the World & Myth in Human History Set

    (Set) Great Mythologies of the World & Myth in Human History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $999.90 Starting at $999.90 $999.90 $999.90$999.90
    Powerful gods, fearless heroes, frightening monsters, ingenious tricksters, and epic battles are just the beginning of your adventures with this two-course set exploring the engrossing world of myths. Great Mythologies of the World introduces you to the ancient yet timeless stories of five continents. Myth in Human History delves into mythology's profound importance in shaping nearly every aspect of culture.