Myth Reading Group
Thursday 14 June
12.00-1.30pm in Room 4.204
Gillian Lock-Bowen (member of the Centre for Myth Studies)
We are very pleased to announce that Gillian Lock-Bowen continues our Summer term discussion of Trees & Forests with a session on Yggdrasil
In this session we will consider Yggdrasil as an archetype World Tree and Tree of Life – Axis Mundi and Sacred Tree as translated from ancient Scandinavian oral traditions into the thirteenth-century Poetic and Prose Eddas.
A brief overview of other ancient Axis Mundi and Tree of Life narratives will widen the framework for our discussion of Kiefer’s works and mythological & religious concepts relevant to twentieth-century Germany.
To conclude we will review significant characteristics of trees which render them effective devices for communicating multi-layered narratives even in the face of a crisis of representation.
H. R. Ellis Davidson, “The Beginning and the End”, in Gods and Myths in Northern Europe, London: Penguin, 1964, pp. 190-195.
Extracts from Michael Auping, Anselm Kiefer: Heaven and Earth, London: Prestel, 2006.
Anselm Kiefer: artworks & exhibitions at Tate Gallery