Thursday 19 March: The San-Bushmen of the Kalahari in Laurens van der Post’s “Heart of the Hunter”

This week Fliss Rich introduces a discussion of the myths of the San-Bushmen of the Kalahari, and of van der Post’s exploration of their tales and lifestyle in his travel book Heart of the Hunter (1961). Click the link to see our poster: P-San

Myth Reading Group

Thursday 19 March 2015

1-2 p.m.

Room 5B.332

Text:

Heart of the Hunter.Extracts

References and information on essential reading:

San.References

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Thursday 12 March: Re-interpreting Narcissus: John Cheever’s “The Swimmer”

This week Petra McQueen introduces a discussion of the myth of Narcissus as re-interpreted in John Cheever’s short story “The Swimmer”. Click the link to see our poster: P-Narcissus

Myth Reading Group

Thursday 12 March 2015

1-2 p.m.

Room 5B.332

Text:

John Cheever. The Swimmer. Extracts

Optional reading:

Full text of the story

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Thursday 5 March: The Minotaur in Twentieth Century Art and Literature

This week Eirini Apanomeritaki introduces a discussion of the myth of the Minotaur and the labyrinth in twentieth-century art and literature. Click the link to see our poster: P-The Minotaur

Myth Reading Group

Thursday 5 March 2015

1-2 p.m.

Room 5B.332

Texts:

Jorge Luis Borges-The House of Asterion in Labyrinths

Jorge de Sena- “In Crete with the Minotaur”

Additional reading:
Ovid’s Minotaur in Metamorphoses
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Thursday 19 February: The Spirit Mercurius

This week Prof. Roderick Main introduces a discussion of “The Spirit Mercurius”, a Jungian reading of the Brothers Grimm’s fairy tale “The Spirit in the Bottle”. Click the link to see our poster: P-The Spirit Mercurius

Myth Reading Group

Thursday 19 February 2015

1-2 p.m.

Room 5B.332

Texts:

C.G.Jung.The Spirit Mercurius.Extracts

The Spirit in the Glass Bottle

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Thursday 12 February: Transforming Hawaii

This week Brittany Kuhn introduces a discussion of Hawaiian myth and legends in relation to the story of Queen Kapiolani and her defiance of the volcano goddess Pele. Click the link to see our poster: P-Pele

Myth Reading Group

Thursday 12 February 2015

1-2 p.m.

Room 5B.332

Texts:

Oxenham.Kapiolani

Tennyson’s “Kapiolani”, and References

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Thursday 5 February: “‘The here and now': storytelling and the “nothing landscape”

This week Dr Pietra Palazzolo introduces a discussion of the use of myth and metamorphosis in Graham Swift’s Waterland: “The here and now': storytelling and the ‘nothing landscape'”. Click the link to see our poster: P-Waterland

Myth Reading Group

Thursday 5 February 2015

1-2 p.m.

Room 5B.332

Extracts:

Graham Swift’s Waterland.Extracts

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Thursday 29 January. Eternal Bounty: Idun and her Apples

This week Dr Leon Burnett introduces a discussion of Norse myth and metamorphosis: “Eternal Bounty: Idun and her Apples”. Click the link to see our poster: P-Eternal Bounty

Myth Reading Group

Thursday 29 January 2015

1-2 p.m.

Room 5B.332

Texts and references:

The Theft of Idun’s Apples.The Norse Myths

Idun.References

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