Thursday 15 December. John Ruskin: Aspects of Mythscape

Myth Reading Group

Thursday 15 December

12.00-1.30pm in Room NTC.2.06

This week Robert W. Allen concludes our discussion of Mythscapes with a session on John Ruskin’s The King of the Golden River

Title pages of The King of the Golden River

The King of the Golden River is Ruskin’s only work of prose fiction. In his autobiography, Praeterita, Ruskin describes it as an ‘imitation of Grimm and Dickens, mixed with a little true Alpine feeling of my own’ (Praeterita, ii ch.iv. para 64). This fairy story was written at the behest of his future wife Effie Gray when she was twelve years old in 1841, and first published in 1851.

In the session, we will also consider a number of texts and illustrative materials where Christian and Classical mythology are interwoven, including Ruskin’s analysis of J.M.W.Turner’s painting ‘The Garden of the Hesperides’ in Volume 5 of Modern Painters and of the myths associated with Athena in The Queen of the Air (1869).

Please read Chapters I, III, and V of The King of the Golden River (essential readings), and extracts from Modern Painters and The Queen of the Air (additional readings).

ALL WELCOME

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