Conference Programme

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Translating Myth

Thursday 5th September – Saturday 7th September 2013


All conference plenary sessions will take place in the Auditorium

For the location of parallel sessions, see notice board

Thursday 5th September 2013

13.00 Coach leaves University of Essex campus for firstsite (residential participants only) 
13.15-14.00 Conference Registration 
14.00-14.30 Welcome by the conference organisers 
14.30-16.00 Parallel Panel Sessions 1: 
  Panel A.

  • José Manuel Losada (Complutense University of Madrid), Myth and extraordinary event
  • Xiao You (University of Essex), A Psychological Perspective on Chinese Creation Myth
  • Viktoriya Matyusha (Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv), Myth recreation in Oscar Wilde’s “Salome” in light of its translation into Slavic languages


  Panel B.

  • Xavier Lin (National Chi Nan University, Taiwan), The Salt in the Sea: On Chinese Mythology in Ang Lee’s Life of Pi
  • Françoise Storey (University of Nice), Life of Pi: a myth for the third millennium
  • James Tar Tsaaior (Pan-African University, Lagos), Myth as a Modernising Agent in Ben Okri’s The Famished Road


  Panel C.

  • Buket Akgün (Istanbul University), Civilization Retelling the Myth of the Minotaur
  • Giuseppe Sofo (University of Avignon & Sapienza University of Rome), (Re)Writing and (Re)Translating the Myth: Analysing Derek Walcott’s Italian Odyssey


  Panel D.

  • Jessica Allen Hanssen (University of Nordland, Bodø, Norway), Hawthorne’s A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys and the Power of Narrative
  • Phil Goss (University of Central Lancashire), ‘There Might Be Giants’: The huge human as a source of fear, or as a bridge to the numinous?
  • Jessie Rogers (Mary Immaculate College, Limerick), Playing with the Holy Family: Translating Christian Myth into Godly Game


16.00-16.30 Refreshments 
16.30-18.00 Parallel Panel Sessions 2: 
  Panel A.

  • Camino Gutiérrez Lanza (Universidad de León, Spain), Translating and Censoring Orpheus and Eurydice in Franco’s Spain: Fugitive Brando and Magnani as modern myths
  • Sarah Maitland (University of Hull), Haunted by the look: translation and the myth of Eurydice
  • Angie Voela (University of East London), Prometheus’ Grief : Individuality At The Age Of Disorientation


  Panel B.

  • Roderick Main (University of Essex), C. G. Jung’s uses of myth
  • Steve Myers (University of Essex), A failure of translation: Jung’s inability to bridge mythos and logos in his religious project
  • Ann Li (Independent Scholar), The Light of Darkness : a Jungian perspective on Chinese Pangu Myth


  Panel C.

  • Sandy Pecastaing (Université Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux III), “In the Beginning Was the Fable”. Poe and the Myth of Origin
  • Emanuela Zirzotti (Sapienza University of Rome), “Pius Seamus”: Heaney’s appropriation of Aeneas’s descent to the underworld from Seeing Things to Human Chain
  • Mathieu Perrot (University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Virginia), PoeTree, The myths of the trees in Aimé Césaire’s poetry


  Panel D.

  • Peter Arnds (Trinity College Dublin), Wolves in Myth, History, and Culture: Translating a Mythical Motif through Time
  • Manish Gavane (Shri Shivaji College, Parbhani, Maharashtra), Transcending the Confines of Religion and Culture: Crow Mythology
  • Francisco Molina-Moreno (Complutense University of Madrid), Migrating Fabulous Half-Birds: Sirens and Sirin Bird


18.30-19.15 Wine Reception 
19.15-20.45 Plenary Lecture (Sponsored by the Bean Trust)

  • Sheila Spector (Independent Scholar), The Evolution of Blake’s Myth: Urizen’s Multiple Identities 
20.45 End of Proceedings 
22.00 Coach leaves for University of Essex campus (residential participants only) 


Friday 6th September 2013

8.45 Coach leaves campus for firstsite (residential participants only) 
9.00-9.15 Late Conference and Day Registration 
9.15-10.30 Plenary Lecture

  • Harish Trivedi (University of Delhi), Indian Myth: Postcolonial Translation 
10.30-11.00 Refreshments 
11.00-12.30 Parallel Panel Sessions 3:
  Panel A.

  • Jean-Philippe Imbert (Dublin City University), Queen Medb: frightening or failed femininity? Sisters, Sex and Sexuality in the Táin
  • Emmanuel Vernadakis (University of Angers, France), Oscar Wilde’s Salomé: Towards a Redefinition of Gender through Rewriting and Performing Myths
  • Katherine Rondou (l’Université Libre de Bruxelles), Feminist translation of major female figures in the European imagination in the work of Jacqueline Harpman, Belgian writer and psychoanalyst


  Panel B.

  • Eliza Borkowka (University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw), Mending the Broken “Golden String”: on Translating William Blake’s Jerusalem into Polish
  • Mark Ryan (University of Nottingham), Who is Welcome at the ‘Devil’s Party’? – William Blake’s Retranslation of Myth-Making
  • Robert Segal (University of Aberdeen), Blake as Gnostic


  Panel C.

  • Matthew Boyle (Independent Scholar), Lost in Translation? The use of myth in the music of Scriabin and Rachmaninov
  • Anita Klujber (University of Essex), Myths and Maths in Music
  • Avra Sidiropoulou (Open University of Cyprus), Adaptation, [Re]contextualization and Metaphor: Myth on the 21st Century Stage


  Panel D.

  • Ben Pestell (University of Essex), Untranslatable myth in the Eumenides of Aeschylus
  • Gregor Pobežin (University of Primorska), Mythographoi and logographoi – setting them apart
  • Emilia Di Rocco (Sapienza University of Rome), Sublime and Tragic Fall: Tiresias meets Athena


12.30-13.30 Lunch 
13.30-15.00 Parallel Panel Sessions 4: 
  Panel A.

  • Siddhartha Biswas (St Paul’s Cathedral Mission College, Kolkata), Reinventing Sita – From Ramayan to Sita’s Ramayana
  • Tutun Mukherjee (University of Hyderabad), Myth Alive: Translating/Transcreating ‘Sita’
  • Suman Sigroha (Indian Institute of Technology Mandi), Translating Myths, from Sita to Sati


  Panel B.

  • Devon Abts (Independent Scholar), The Broken Mirror: Modernist Revival and Subversion of Myth Tradition in The Waste Land
  • Rached Khalifa (Université Tunis al-Manar), Myth, Politics and History: Yeats’s “indomitable reaction against the despotism of fact”
  • Joanna Zadarko (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań), Revisiting the myth of Irishness and heroism – an analysis of W.B. Yeats’ The Green Helmet


  Panel C.

  • Terence Dawson (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore), Faust and Introverted Thinking: Fernando Pessoa and Jung
  • Carolyn Lefley (University of Hertfordshire), Picturing myth: Double exposed realities
  • Pavlo Matyusha (Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv), Mythic component in translation of the symbolist poetry


  Panel D.

  • Mercedes Aguirre (Complutense University of Madrid), Polyphemus and Galatea: Adaptation of two mythical figures in Gustave Moreau’s paintings
  • Leon Burnett (University of Essex), Accommodating the Primordial: Myths as Pictorial Storytellings
  • Sarah Annes Brown (Anglia Ruskin University), Ovidian paintings in Contemporary Poetry


15.00-15.30 Refreshments 
15.30-16.45 Plenary Lecture

  • Miriam Leonard (University College London), Tragedy, Myth and the Intrusion of History: Carl Schmitt’s Hamlet or Hecuba 
16.45-17.00 Short break 
17.00-18.00 Parallel Panel Sessions 5: 
  Panel A.

  • Christina Dokou (University of Athens), America: No Second Troy
  • Michaela Keck (Carl von Ossietzky University), The “Survival” of Myth in Louisa May Alcott’s A Modern Mephistopheles (1877)


  Panel B.

  • Keith Scott (De Montfort University), ‘Omnia Mutantur, Nihil Interit’: Mythopoesis and Modernity in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman
  • Megumi Yama (Kyoto Gakuen University), Haruki Murakami as Modern Myth Maker


  Panel C.

  • Sharihan Al-Akhras (Durham University), The Descent of Women: A Study in Comparative Literature of the Representation of Females in Hell
  • Aleksander Gomola (Jagiellonian University, Kraków), Various translations of the myth of creation of woman in Genesis 2: 18-24 or does the Bible say what it seems to say?


  Panel D.

  • Hemangi Bhagwat (N S S College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai), Andha Yug (Age of Darkness): Exploring the Myth Of Great War of Mahabharata
  • Sharmila Majumdar (University of Kalyani in West Bengal, India), Chitrangada: A Modern Myth


18.45-19.45 Gallery talk

  • Joanne Harwood, ‘Migrations of Myths in Modern and Contemporary art from Mexico’

A talk to accompany the Mexican Migrations exhibition, running at firstsite from 15 June to 3 November 2013. 


20.00-22.00 Formal dinner Coach to campus afterwards (residential participants only)  


Saturday 7th September 2013

08.45 Coach leaves campus for firstsite (residential participants only)(Don’t forget to return key to the Reception Desk before leaving) 
09.00-09.15 Late Conference and Day Registration  
09.15-10.30 Plenary Lecture

  • David Hawkes (Arizona State University), “I think Hell’s a Fable”: Literalism and the Death of the Soul 
10.30-10.45 Refreshments  
10.45-12.15 Parallel Panel Sessions 6: 
  Panel A.

  • Catherine Burke (University College Cork), Translating Myth – a gendered affair?
  • Özlem Berk Albachten (Boğaziçi University, Istanbul), The Trojan Myth in Modern Turkey: Translations of the Iliad
  • Vayos Liapis (Open University of Cyprus), Orestes and Nothingness: Greek Myth and Existentialism in Yiannis Ritsos’ ‘Orestes’


  Panel B.

  • Colin Dignam (York University, Toronto), Self-Sacrifice: Transgressing the Role of the Mentor in Medea
  • Barbara Goff (University of Reading), Another Oedipus: Leloup’s Guéidô
  • Katie Fleming (Queen Mary, University of London), The Sphinx: a question mark


  Panel C.

  • Richard Alan Northover (University of South Africa), Schopenhauer and Religion: Translating Myth into Metaphysics
  • Ana González-Rivas Fernández (Autonoma University of Madrid), Translating Myths into Gothic: a methodology
  • Benjamin Dennis (Independent Scholar), Betrayal: Transformation Through Myth


  Panel D.

  • Krešimir Vuković (University of Oxford) and Rajko Petković (University of Zadar, Croatia), Classics and Film: Myth and Psychology in Christopher Nolan’s Films
  • Sibusiso Hyacinth Madondo (University Of South Africa), Zootropia, Fakelore and Remythification: The Grail Castle, The Tower Of London, The Rock Of Gibraltar and The Cave Of The Sleeping Hero
  • Filippo Carlà and Florian Freitag (University of Mainz), Athena and the Roller Coaster: Representations of Greek Mythology in Themeparks


12.15-13.00 Lunch 





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