Call for Proposals: Mythscapes

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Call for Proposals: Mythscapes



Joseph Mallord William Turner, Ulysses Deriding Polyphemus (1829), oil on canvas, National Gallery, London [work on the public domain]

The Myth Reading Group returns this term with the theme of “Mythscapes”, understood in relation to the way myth “reflects … [and] refracts” the world we live in (Buxton, Imaginary Greece, pp. 87-88), and as the interplay between real places and landscapes of the mind evoked by mythical narratives. We are looking for proposals that focus on the way myths can be interpreted in context and in relation to landscape. For example, a number of our sessions have focused on the myth of Demeter and Persephone as developed in Greece and Sicily. What does Ovid’s re-staging of the myth of Demeter and Persephone in Sicily highlight in our discussion of mythscapes? How do places and imaginary space interact in the landscape of the mythological thread?

References: Richard Buxton, Imaginary Greece: The contexts of mythology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994.

Please contact us with your suggestions for works to read in the Autumn term. Many dates are still available. If you wish to introduce a topic, or have suggestions for texts to be discussed, please contact us at

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 NTC.2.06) at the University of Essex Colchester Campus. Our sessions include a short presentation, up to 30 minutes, followed by discussion. Our first session will be on Thursday 3 November.

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