Gr 7-12-Mythology in Literary Culture looks at the influence of classical mythology, especially five of the character archeypes, on literature and film. In a library setting, two enthusiastic teenagers discuss these archetypes: the Hero (Achilles, Perseus, Hercules), found in Star Wars as Luke Skywalker, as Henry Fleming in The Red Badge of Courage, and as Wonder Woman; the Destroyer (Hades), in Dracula and The Masque of the Red Death; the Temptress (Aphrodite), in Wuthering Heights and The Handmaid's Tale; the Trickster (Hermes), found in Puck, Robin Hood, Bart Simpson, and the coyote in Native American tales; and the Transgressor (Sisyphus, Prometheus), in Frankenstein, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and Ghostbusters. The narrators are quick to point out that there are additional archetypes and many, many more examples in today's literature and film. They also encourage viewers to explore other mythologies Nordic, Native American, African American, etc. Photos and sculpture supplement the text. Major points are reinforced with screen graphics. Although brief, the program provides another dimension to the study of mythology. Useful Web sites are displayed at the conclusion. The video will be useful in secondary language arts classes that include mythology units or character studies.-Kathy Akey, Clintonville Senior High School, WI Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.