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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Thursday 22 January. Alice Oswald’s “Tithonus: 46 minutes in the life of the dawn”

Join us for a discussion of Oswald’s Tithonus. Click on the link to see our poster: P-Tithonus

Myth Reading Group

Thursday 22 January 2015

1-2 p.m.

Room 5B.332

Please read the texts below, and listen to Oswald’s performance on Radio 4 which was broadcast in ‘The Echo Chamber’  on the 21st December 2014: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04vd6mj

Alice Oswald.Tithonus.Extracts

Tithonus in Robert Graves’ The Greek Myths

Tithonus.The Iliad.trans. by Lattimore

Additional reading and references:

Tithonus.References

Tithonus by Alfred Lord Tennyson

 http://thestoneandthestar.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/alice-oswald-performs-tithonus-as-soon.html (a review of Alice Oswald’s performance of Tithonus)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/10833515/Alice-Oswald-how-to-read-Homer.html (Alice Oswald on how to read Homer)

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MRG: Call for topics

This term the Myth Reading Group will continue to explore the intersection of myth and metamorphosis, conceived in all its possible meanings and nuances across genres, disciplines, and periods. We hope the versatility of the theme will inspire further discussion of myth and metamorphosis from varying perspectives.

The only criterion for choice of topics is: Any writers or artists whose work deals with metamorphosis and myth, across genres and disciplines, and from any period.

Meetings will take place from 1p.m. to 2p.m. on Thursdays in Room 5B.332 (term time only). If you wish to introduce a topic, or have suggestions for works to read in the Spring term, please contact us at mythstudies@yahoo.co.uk. Watch this space for updates and details of our sessions.

To subscribe to our mailing list, please go to this address: https://www.essex.ac.uk/contact/mailinglists/listinfo.aspx?list=myth-readers
If you wish to subscribe with a non-Essex email address, please send your request to sgq@essex.ac.uk<mailto:sgq@essex.ac.uk>

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Thursday 11 December: Rome’s Proserpinic Transformation

Join us for a discussion of the metamorphosis of the gods in A.C. Swinburne’s Hymn to Proserpine (After the Proclamation in Rome of the Christian Faith). Click the link to see our poster: P-Hymn to Proserpine

Myth Reading Group

Thursday 11 December 2014

1-2 p.m.

Room 5B.332

Text:

Swinburne.Hymn to Proserpine

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