British academy


Ancient Greek Myth and Modern Conflict in World Fiction since 1989

Thursday 5 and 6 July 2012
The British Academy 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH

Convenor: Professor Edith Hall, King's College London, Classics

This unprecedented conference will bring together a global team of practising novelists and scholars to discuss the importance of ancient Greek myths in the recent fictional narration of war. Novels from every continent will be discussed, including works by Maori, Chinese, African, Brazilian and Japanese authors. The conference will ask whether it is the very difficulties involved in addressing large-scale trauma that have elicited this new ‘mythical turn’ in the medium; it will also explore the tensions involved in the use of canonical ancient Greek texts central to the western ‘colonial’ curriculum in selfconsciously anticolonial and postcolonial writing.

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As part of this conference, on Thursday 5 July 2012, at 5.00pm, there is a public panel discussion and performance event on 'Ancient Myth and the Modern Novel'. Please note that attendees for the conference must register separately for the evening event.