UPDATE: [Poetry] Refashioning Myth: Poetic Transformations and Metamorphoses

full name / name of organization: 
Jessica Wilkinson
contact email: 
j.wilkinson@pgrad.unimelb.edu.au

Refashioning Myth: Poetic Transformations and Metamorphoses

An International Conference
Thurs 2 – Fri 3 October 2008
The University of Melbourne, Australia

The convenors are pleased to announce the addition of Professor John Davidson (Victoria
University of Wellington, New Zealand) as a keynote speaker for this conference. Professor
Davidson joins the distinguished poets Chris Wallace-Crabbe and Dorothy Porter in delivering
plenary addresses at this event.

A reminder that abstracts for academic papers, panels and creative responses should be sent to

poetry-myth_at_unimelb.edu.au by Monday 28 April 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, theory);
• The generation of new mythic poetry and the role of myth in contemporary culture;
• Mythic poetry in Australian contexts;
• Non-Western myths, Norse sagas, Celtic folklore, Middle Eastern aetiological myths, indigenous
cultures, etc.

Proposals:
• Academic papers (20 minutes) – send a 300 word abstract to the address above.
• 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 equipment required.

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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