Greek Mythology & Modern Culture: Reshaping Aesthetic Tastes
Much of the Western world has a rising problem with white nationalists. These white supremacists often co-opt fields like Classics, medievalism, and Norse mythology to support their racist ideologies—twisting these disciplines and repressing or ignoring evidence for the multicultural and multiracial realities of the ancient and medieval world. In terms of Classics, these distortions and appropriations have been documented by an emerging generation of scholars like Donna Zuckerberg, Dan-el Padilla Peralta, Curtis Dozier, Sarah Bond, and others. Ancient myth, literature, and symbols continue to pervade modern culture.
In particular, Greek myth continues to shape modern worldviews, influence contemporary artists and writers, and appeal to our literary and aesthetic tastes. However, understandings of Greek myth—both in its original context and its reception by later generations—have changed dramatically over time. This special issue of Humanities seeks articles about current research in Greek mythology. Submissions should present cutting edge research about an aspect of Greek myth, prepared for a general audience.
Specific topics might include:
- Greek drama, tragedy, or comedy
- Greek vase paintings
- Epic or lyric poetry
- Reception studies
- (Re)-Examinations of mythic structures (e.g., rethinking Joseph Campbell’s Hero With A Thousand Faces)
- Feminist analysis of Greek myth
- Postcolonial analysis
- Psychoanalytic analysis
- Generic or cross generic analysis (e.g., myths adapted for film or TV)
- Cross-cultural comparison between Greek myths and myths from other cultures
- Children’s or Young Adult literature, movies, or TV
This special issue seeks to offer an impression of the field, with essays presenting different arguments about Greek myth. While this is a broad brief, the issue as a whole should explore the ways in which Greek myth, and debates about it, remains relevant to the modern world.
Dr. Phillip Zapkin
Prof. Dr. Kevin Wetmore
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