The visual language of (Hesiod’s) creation in children’s books

Myth Reading Group

Thursday 14 December

3.15pm-5.00pm in Room 4.204

We are delighted to announce that Dr Katerina Volioti (University of Roehampton) will lead a discussion of the visual language of creation in children’s literature as part of her research for the international project Our Mythical Childhood

Zeus with thunderbolt Drawing by K Volioti

Zeus with thunderbolt. Sketch drawing of early fifth-century BCE statuette © Katerina Volioti

In the Theogony, Hesiod puts order on chaos, explaining the creation of the world through the emergence of a matriarchal figure (Gaia) and the supremacy of the Olympian gods. In this session, we shall embark on an exploratory journey of the Theogony, discussing its place in ancient and modern culture, and as rendered in children’s literature. Using Philippos Mandilaras’ The Twelve Gods of Olympus (illustrated by Natalia Kapatsoulia, trans. by Alison Falkonakis. Athens: Papadopoulos Publishing, 2016), we shall examine the visual language of creation narratives in contemporary books for preliterate children, focusing on Gaia and Zeus.

In the session, we will consider an extract from Mandilaras’ book, and Ken Dowden’s chapter on “Telling the Mythology: From Hesiod to the Fifth Century” (in Ken Dowden and Niall Livingstone, eds., A Companion to Greek Mythology. Chichester: Wiley Blackwell, 2014), 47–72.

For further information on Dr Katerina Volioti’s research at the University of Roehampton for the international project Our Mythical Childhood led by Professor Katarzyna Marciniak, University of Warsaw (Principal Investigator at Roehampton: Dr Susan Deacy), see the project’s blog, and Facebook & Twitter accounts.

The event will be followed by drinks

ALL WELCOME

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One Response to The visual language of (Hesiod’s) creation in children’s books

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