The Myth Reading Group meets on ‘Zoom’ on Wednesday 8 December, 5:30-6:30 pm (UK time). The link to join will be posted in the comments for this post. All are welcome.
The Myth Reading Group is open to all who have an interest in studying myths. At each meeting, a welcoming group of scholars and enthusiasts read from the chosen text and discuss themes evoked by it. We do not pursue a single theoretical reading, but are free to consider diverse approaches. Regular participants have expertise in depth psychology, literary theory, and translation studies. These approaches may be starting points, but by no means do they set the limits of the discussion.
Continuing our topic of Magic and Myth, this week we will look at an extract from The Odyssey, when Odysseus and his men encounter Circe in Book 10. Homer’s account of magic can be compared to an extract from Madeline Miller’s novel, Circe on how Circe came to use herbs for magical purposes.
- Primary reading: Homer, The Odyssey, trans. by Emily Wilson, New York: Norton, Book 10, lines 188-331.
- Secondary reading: Madeline Miller, Circe, London: Bloomsbury, 2018, p. 72-75.