About the Myth Reading Group

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 mythic@essex.ac.uk

If you wish to introduce a topic for one of our sessions, please send proposals to mythic@essex.ac.uk.

2 Responses to About the Myth Reading Group

  1. Pingback: Dr. Katerina Volioti on the Visual Language of (Hesiod’s) Creation in Children’s Books – Our Mythical Childhood Blog

  2. Eva Lokay says:

    We researched lots of blogs and websites looking for prospective readers. We feel that you might be interested in our book ‘Viking Goddesses and Seeresses’. This is the first book of the Forbidden Knowledge series, published on April 19, 2019.
    This non-fiction book provides an outstanding analysis and a careful reinterpretation of Icelandic sagas and poems. The research presented here goes deep to unveil the real meaning of the medieval chroniclers’ handiwork. Every detail of every Icelandic saga and poem cited in this book has been translated by the authors uniquely from the original manuscripts.
    Where did the power of Viking seeresses, dazzling goddesses, the Nornir, or Fates and the formidable Valkyries come from? To find the answer to this question we first examine the Old Norse mythology in order to decipher the ancient wisdom of women. Following this survey, the second part of the book explores what became of these mighty female figures, how their powers were transformed over time. The book is closing with a look at several questions related to the modern day: “How is ‘feminine lore’ understood today?” “What are its roots and how do they still affect humankind?” “How is what this book terms ‘the legacy of sight’ still useful?” The responses will both pinpoint what it is that the Norse women left behind them, and demonstrate how that legacy is still woven into the fabric of the present.
    The book is approximately 60,000 words in length and is available in ebook format at most online publishers, including Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Nobel, Kobo and Scribd.

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    E. Kaman & Eva Papes

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