‘Route 110’: Heaney’s quotidian katabasis (Part II)

Myth Reading Group

Thursday 4 May

12.00-1.30pm in Room 5A.118

We are very pleased to announce that Professor Roderick Main, director of the Centre for Myth Studies, will do a follow-up session of “‘Route 110’: Heaney’s quotidian katabasis”.


Map of the Underworld showing the descents of Odysseus and Aeneas

In this session, we will have the opportunity to complete our reading and discussion of Heaney’s ‘Route 110’, from his 2010 collection Human Chain.  With the story and structure of Virgil’s Aeneid VI as his guide, Heaney journeys into the underworld of his past.

For additional reading on the concept of katabasis in Heaney’s poetry, please see Emanuela Zirzotti’s “‘Pius Seamus’: Heaney’s Appropriation of Aeneas’s Descent to the Underworld”, in Ben Pestell, Pietra Palazzolo, and Leon Burnett (eds.), Translating Myth (Oxford: Legenda, 2016), pp. 195-204.


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