ABSTRACT

A mythological formation, then, is a set of related myths that revolve around a

particular point (or points) of articulation. Often, the myths that comprise such

a formation won't be mutually compatible; in fact, they may even contradict one

another point for point down the line. For example, to broach the subject of race

is not to invoke a monolithic myth: instead, it's a discursive act that, for different

audiences and in different contexts, calls up a diverse and heterogeneous range of

myths about blacks and whites (and Latino/as, and Native Americans, and Asians,

and so on), racism, privilege, oppression, discrimination, militancy, and the like.