Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS)


Liberal Studies

First Advisor

Isabel Brown

Second Advisor

Marc André Wiesmann


This paper will posit the idea that, while nineteenth century ballet purported to tum away from the mythological librettos that had graced the ballet stages of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, they actually maintained ties to their mythological heritage. After a brief review of a few pertinent classical Greek myths, we will look at two ballets from the early Romantic period: La Sylphide and Giselle, and finish with two from the late nineteenth century: Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake to discover what ties they retain to mythology.