Call for Proposals: Afterlives

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Call for Proposals: Afterlives

Homer and the Ancient Poets 1824-7 by William Blake 1757-1827

William Blake (1757-1827), “Homer and the ancient poets” (1824-7), “Inferno, Canto IV”, Illustrations to Dante’s Divine Comedy, Tate London [work on the public domain]

The Myth Reading Group returns in the summer term with the theme of “Afterlives”. The topic can be understood both in relation to myths of the underworld and of crossings between realms, but also as the afterlives of myths and texts from ancient times to the present. We invite contributions of texts which discuss myths of the afterlife, like Plutarch’s account of the Egyptian God Osiris, texts that engage with the afterlife of a mythological character, like Louise Glück’s poetry on Persephone, or texts that function as the afterlives of myth across periods and cultures.

We hope the versatility of the theme will inspire a lively discussion of myths of the afterlife and of the afterlives of myth from varying perspectives. Please see our previous sessions on “Afterlives” for more information.

The Myth Reading Group is open to anyone with an interest in myth. We meet every Thursday in term time, between 12:00 and 1:30 p.m. (Room 3.318) at the University of Essex Colchester Campus. Our sessions include a short presentation, up to 30 minutes, followed by discussion. If you wish to introduce a topic, or have suggestions for texts to be discussed in the summer term, please contact us at


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