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Refashioning Myth: Poetic Transformations and Metamorphoses
A Conference at The University of Melbourne, Australia
Thurs 2 â€“ Fri 3 October 2008
Ancient poetic texts tell us that the deeds of gods and heroes have long
been a central concern of the poet. Recent texts, such as those by Simon
Armitage and Don Paterson, would suggest that this tenet holds true for
the contemporary poet as much as it did for the ancients. The recent
series of mythic rewritings which have appeared under the auspices of The
Myths project exemplify how mythic poetry can be self-consciously
refashioned for contemporary culture. But how, and why, do age-old
mythologies still hold relevance in the twenty-first century? This
conference encourages poets and scholars to reassess the role of myth in
poetry, to examine and produce poetic engagements with myth.
We invite academic papers, panels and creative responses (spoken
word/performance poetry, installations/visual art) that consider, but are
not limited to, the following:
-Poetry adapted or extended from earlier mythic traditions;
-Poetic translation and trans-cultural adaptations;
-Contemporary responses to and readings of mythic poetry across different
genres and media (film, television, visual arts, drama, dance, prose,
-The generation of new mythic poetry and the role of myth in contemporary
-Mythic poetry in Australian contexts;
-Non-Western myths, Norse sagas, Celtic folklore, Middle Eastern
aetiological myths, indigenous cultures, etc.
-Academic papers (20 minutes): send a 300 word abstract to the address
-Spoken word / Performance poetry (20 minutes): send an extract (no more
than 5 pages / 3-5 poems) and a synopsis of the proposed performance.
-Installation/visual art: examples of the art work, any audio-visual
Abstracts should be sent to:
Deadline: Monday 28 April 2008.
Any queries should be directed to the conference convenors (David
McInnis, Eric Parisot, and Jess Wilkinson) at the above address. A
selection of papers will be considered for publication in a special issue
of the American journal, Studies in the Literary Imagination.
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