Tag Archives: modern/contemporary literature

Myth and Childhood in Philip Pullman

Roundtable Discussion Myth and Childhood in Philip Pullman Myth Reading Group Wednesday 12 February 2020 1.15 – 2.45 pm Room NTC.2.07 In this roundtable session we will discuss the use of myth in Philip Pullman’s acclaimed trilogy His Dark Materials … Continue reading

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Intertextual references and myths in The Handmaid’s Tale

Carla Scarano D’Antonio (University of Reading) Intertextual references and myths in The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood Myth Reading Group Wednesday 29 January 2020 1.15 – 2.45 pm Room NTC.2.07 The session will analyse the myths and fairy tales present … Continue reading

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The People of the Sea

Dr Hannah Boast (University of Birmingham)The People of the Sea: Selkies in Scottish and Irish Folk Tales Myth Reading GroupWednesday 20 February 20195.00 – 6.30 pmRoom NTC.2.05 The selkie has enjoyed a revival of interest in popular culture following the … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Re-mythologizing Myths and Fairy Tales in Margaret Atwood’s Surfacing

Re-mythologizing Myths and Fairy Tales in Margaret Atwood’s Surfacing Carla Scarano D’Antonio ‘This above all, to refuse to be a victim’ Surfacing A quest of personal and national identity is at the core of Margaret Atwood’s novel Surfacing, published in … Continue reading

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Re-mythologizing Myths and Fairy tales in Atwood’s Surfacing

Carla Scarano D’Antonio (University of Reading) Re-mythologizing Myths and Fairy tales: Surfacing (1972) by Margaret Atwood Myth Reading Group Wednesday 23 January 2019 5.00 – 6.30 pm Room NTC.2.05 This session on Surfacing (1972) will explore how Margaret Atwood uses … Continue reading

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The Spectral Hound in Literature

Helena Senior (University of York) Who’s afraid of the big black dog? The origins of the spectral hound and its appropriation in literature. Myth Reading Group Wednesday 12 December 2018 5.00 – 6.30 pm Room NTC.2.05 The black dog is … Continue reading

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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 10 March: Narrating Persephone’s ‘Afterlife’

In this session, Brittany Kuhn introduces a discussion of the reception of the figure of Persephone in contemporary poetry. The myth of Demeter and Persephone has been widely studied and ‘translated’ across cultures and periods. Yet, we learn very little … Continue reading

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Thursday 25 February: The Sibyl’s Afterlives

This week Eirini Apanomeritaki introduces a discussion of adaptations of the myth of the Sibyl in literature. In the session, we will discuss the ‘afterlife’ of the myth of the Cumaean Sibyl, the prophetess, who appears in both Virgil’s Aeneid … 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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