Tag Archives: modern/contemporary fiction

The Man of the Wood

In May, the Centre for Myth Studies celebrated its tenth anniversary with a day of lectures, readings, and discussions (details here). The event included Dr Saul Andreetti reading from his short story, The Man of the Wood. Saul is an … Continue reading

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Thursday 26 November: Junot Díaz and a Graeco-Caribbean Mythology

The Centre for Myth Studies is pleased to welcome Dr. Justine McConnell (Oxford University) for a discussion of Junot Díaz’s use of Greek myth. Open Seminar Centre for Myth Studies University of Essex Thursday 26 November, at 5:00pm in Room … Continue reading

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Thursday 5 November: Judging Beauty: Reading Apuleius and Marie Darrieussecq

This week Eirini Apanomeritaki introduces a discussion of changing perceptions of beauty. How has our perception of beauty changed from antiquity to the present? The Judgement of Paris, a beauty contest among three goddesses, is one of the earliest stories … Continue reading

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Thursday 22 October: A. S. Byatt’s “Sea Story”: Mythic Tale or Moral Fable?

This week, Dr. L. J. Bartholomew introduces a discussion of “A. S. Byatt’s ‘Sea Story’: Mythic Tale or Moral Fable?” A. S. Byatt’s long writing career has been informed by her continuing examination of myth, fable, and fairytale. We will … Continue reading

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Thursday 15 October: The Uses of Myth: ‘The Witch à la Mode’

The Myth Reading Group returns with a series of open sessions this term. In this opening session, Dr. Leon Burnett will introduce a discussion of the uses of myth in D. H. Lawrence’s short story, ‘The Witch à la Mode’. … Continue reading

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Thursday 14 May: The Sense of the Sacred: “Our Lady of the Swallows” by Marguerite Yourcenar

This week Dr Leon Burnett introduces a discussion of the sense of the sacred in Marguerite Yourcenar’s story “Our Lady of the Swallows”, in relation to this term’s theme of “Myth and emotion”. Click the link to see our poster: … Continue reading

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Thursday 12 March: Re-interpreting Narcissus: John Cheever’s “The Swimmer”

This week Petra McQueen introduces a discussion of the myth of Narcissus as re-interpreted in John Cheever’s short story “The Swimmer”. Click the link to see our poster: P-Narcissus Myth Reading Group Thursday 12 March 2015 1-2 p.m. Room 5B.332 … Continue reading

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