Photograph of Translating MythThe collection Translating Myth is now available from Routledge / Legenda.

Further information and the table of contents can be viewed on the main Centre for Myth Studies website, where you can find current news of the centre’s activities.

This website ( will remain as an archive only.

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Translating Myth book launch

Essex Myth

We are delighted to announce a Book Launch Symposium for Translating Myth to be hosted by the British Centre for Literary Translation (BCLT) at the University of East Anglia (UEA) on Wednesday 16 November, from 2 to 5 p.m. Arts 01.02


The provisional schedule is as follows:

  • Welcome Address – Duncan Large, Academic Director of BCLT
  • Editors’ introduction – Ben Pestell and Pietra Palazzolo
  • Presentation – Giuseppe Sofo (Avignon / ‘Sapienza’)
  • Break
  • Formal response to the volume (speaker to be confirmed)
  • Round Table discussion, chaired by Leon Burnett
  • Drinks

All are welcome.

More information about Translating Myth is available on this site.

Event poster as pdf.

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Translating Myth book

Due in February 2016 from Legenda:

Translating Myth

Edited by Ben Pestell, Pietra Palazzolo and Leon Burnett

T M Cover

Ever since Odysseus heard tales of his own exploits being retold among strangers, audiences and readers have been alive to the complications and questions arising from the translation of myth. How are myths taken and carried over into new languages, new civilizations, or new media? An international group of scholars is gathered in this volume to present diverse but connected case studies which address the artistic and political implications of the changing condition of myth – this most primal and malleable of forms. ‘Translation’ is treated broadly to encompass not only literary translation, but also the transfer of myth across cultures and epochs. In an age when the spiritual world is in crisis, Translating Myth constitutes a timely exploration of myth’s endurance, and represents a consolidation of the status of myth studies as a discipline in its own right.

 Further details at Legenda’s site.

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Addition to programme

We are delighted to add a gallery talk to the conference programme.

Joanne Harwood, Director of ESCALA (The Essex Collection of Art from Latin America), will give a short talk entitled ‘Migrations of Myths in Modern and Contemporary art from Mexico’. This talk will accompany the Mexican Migrations exhibition, which is running at the conference venue, firstsite, until 3 November 2013. The talk will be held on the Friday evening before the conference dinner.

For more information on the Mexican Migrations exhibition, please see the ESCALA website.

Further changes to the provisional programme will be announced.

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Conference posters

You can now view and download posters for the conference and the Blake lecture.

Please feel free to share with friends and colleagues!

PDF versions:

JPG versions:

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Provisional Conference Programme

The provisional programme for the Translating Myth conference is now available. Please click the link above to view it or to download a PDF version.

Please be aware that the programme is subject to change.

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Conference Registration is now open!

We are delighted to announce that registration for the Translating Myth conference is now open.

Full registration details and a link to the payment website may be found here:

We look forward to meeting you in September.

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Translating Myth Conference

An international conference organized by the Centre for Myth Studies at the University
of Essex, supported by the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies and
the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, to be held from 5 to 7 September 2013 at firstsite, the home of contemporary visual arts in Colchester.

We received a very large number of high-quality proposals in response to our call for papers. Registration and programme details will be posted soon.

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