Thursday 18 June: Werewolves and the Uncanny in Angela Carter’s Short Stories

This week Eirini Apanomeritaki introduces a discussion of werewolves and the uncanny in two stories by Angela Carter: “The Werewolf” and “The Company of Wolves” from The Bloody Chambers and Other Stories, 1979 (in Burning Your Boats: The Collected Short Stories, New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1995, pp. 210-214). See our poster: P-Werewolves

Myth Reading Group

Thursday 18 June

1-2pm    Room 5B.111

Texts:

Angela Carter.Short Stories.Extracts

Additional reading:

Sigmund Freud. The Uncanny-extracts

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Thursday 11 June: “The Father Costume”: A Dystopian Odyssey?

This week we continue our exploration of myth and emotion with a session introduced by Petra McQueen on Ben Marcus’s short story, “The Father Costume” (Leaving the Sea, London: Granta Books, 2014, pp. 179-194), in which a father and son flee an unknown danger across the sea. See our poster: P-Marcus

Referencing Homer’s Ulysses, we will be exploring how Marcus creates a mythic world in which language has a physical presence and where terms of reference are thrown out without explanation. We will also be discussing how Marcus creates the emotions of unease and fear through language.

Myth Reading group

Thursday 11 June

1-2pm      Room 5B.111

Texts:

Ben Marcus.The Father Costume

The Odyssey. Book V.Trans. by Samuel Butler

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Thursday 4 June: Myth, ecstasy, and objective cognition: the mystical visions of C. G. Jung

This week Prof. Roderick Main introduces a discussion of “Myth, ecstasy, and objective cognition: the mystical visions of C. G. Jung”.

In this session, we shall look at the mystical visions C. G. Jung describes in Chapter X of Memories, Dreams, Reflections ([1963] recorded and edited by A. Jaffé, trans. R & C. Winston, London: Fontana, 1983, pp. 289-298), paying particular attention to his use of Jewish/Kabbalistic, Christian, and ancient Greek myths of sacred marriage to articulate his experiences of ecstatic union. We shall also consider the claims he makes for a form of ‘objective cognition’ beyond emotional involvement. See our poster: P-Mystical Visions

Myth Reading Group

Thursday 4 June

1-2pm     Room 5B.111

Text:

Jung’s visions MDR Ch X

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Thursday 28 May: The Singing River of Pascagoula

This week Brittany Kuhn introduces a discussion of the Singing River of Mississippi and the Pascagoula tribe: “The Singing River: All for Love or Love for All?” Click here to see our Poster: P-Singing River

Myth Reading Group

Thursday 28 May

1-2pm    Room 5B.111

Extracts:

Singing River Story by Laura Hildick Burge

R-Singing River

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Thursday 21 May: Myth and Terror

This week Dr. Ben Pestell introduces a discussion of “Myth and Terror”. Click the link to see our poster: P-Myth and Terror

Myth Reading Group

Thursday 21 May

1-2pm   Room 5B.111

Extracts:

The Epic of Gilgamesh, and Sophocles’ Antigone

 

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Thursday 14 May: The Sense of the Sacred: “Our Lady of the Swallows” by Marguerite Yourcenar

This week Dr Leon Burnett introduces a discussion of the sense of the sacred in Marguerite Yourcenar’s story “Our Lady of the Swallows”, in relation to this term’s theme of “Myth and emotion”. Click the link to see our poster: P-Yourcenar

Myth Reading Group

Thursday 14 May

1-2pm     Room 5B.111

Text:

Yourcenar’s “Our Lady of the Swallows”

References:

R-Yourcenar

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Thursday 7 May: Old Myths for New Bards

This week Jeremy Solnick introduces a discussion of Kate Tempest’s poem Brand New Ancients (2013), in relation to this term’s theme of “Myth and emotion”. Click the link to see our poster: P-Tempest
Myth Reading Group
 Thursday 07 May 2015

1-2 p.m.   Room 5B.111

Texts:

Brand New Ancients – Epigraph

Brand New Ancients – First Extract

Brand New Ancients – Second Extract

Additional reading:

Justine McConnell’s review of Brand New Ancients

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