Mythology from Modernity to the Post-Modern: Regional and Global Perspectives (Panel)

Comparative Literature / Classics

Marquise Griffin (Boston College)

Ancient myths have found a way into the modern consciousness. The myths of the Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and many other cultures have had long reception histories influencing generation after generation. Across literature and art, mythology has been an effective tool to understand the rapidly changing world by drawing from the constant well of ancient myth. Despite changes articulated by the post-Modern, myth has remained a source of inspiration and a theoretical tool. This panel proposes to investigate the enduring appeal of myth in the Modern and post-Modern eras. Through literature, philosophy, art (defined broadly to include the fine arts, film, television, drawing etc.) and digital media abstract proposals may explore the reception history of Greco-Roman myth. Comparative perspectives are welcome. Abstracts may explore either from a regional perspective or a global comparative perspective, including the reception of Greco-Roman myth in the colonial and postcolonial world. Greco-Roman myth is not the only ancient mythology which has endured in modern times, thus, studying the differences in reception histories can open new avenues of inquiry into understanding myth’s enduring appeal and into understanding Modern and post-Modern sensibilities.
This panel investigates the role that Greco-Roman mythology has played in shaping and reflecting Modernity and post-Modern sensibilities. A central part of Greco-Roman studies, myth continues in a long reception history through to contemporary times. We seek papers that examine the topic through literature, philosophy, art (broadly defined), and digital media, as well as papers that approach the topic through regional or global comparative perspectives, including the reception of Greco-Roman myth in the colonial and post-colonial world.