Here is a night that is very long, it is endless. It is not time yet
to sleep in the palace. But go on telling your wonderful story.
I myself could hold out until the bright dawn, if only
you could bear to tell me, here in the palace, of your sufferings.
—Homer, Odyssey xi, trans. Lattimore
That passage is strewn with corpses. The mute, the sacrificial victim is part and parcel of the religious rite. But the myth claims other victims for itself, those who fall around the place of sacrifice, iron filings in the magnetic field. Out of the sacrifice, together with the blood, stream the stories.
—Roberto Calasso, The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony, trans. Tim Parks
Stories only live in their being read and shared together. The Myth Reading Group opens a space for such activity, breathing life into myth. Like Odysseus, we are conducted over international and stylistic boundaries: no topic is off-limits, and the definition of myth is never rigidly fixed. Details of past, present, and future events can be found here.
We meet roughly fortnightly, on Wednesdays in term time, between 5.30 and 6.30 p.m. Usually we are based at the University of Essex Colchester Campus, but in Autumn Term 2020, meetings will be conducted over ‘Zoom’. Everyone interested in myth is welcome to attend. Essex email users can join the mailing list via this link. Non-Essex users can join by sending a request to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wish to introduce a topic for one of our sessions, please send proposals to email@example.com.