"Myth and Art Revisited"

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Call for Papers
December 18, 2019 to December 19, 2019
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Classical Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Humanities, Literature

This international two-day conference hosted by the Department of English Language and Literature, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, seeks to explore from a comparativist and interdisciplinary perspective the relationship between classical myth and art as a “revisiting,” or rereading, by other means, of the mythical narratives provided to us by traditional scholarship from a later framework. Such a framework  encompasses a wide spectrum, from classical artistic revisitings of myth to contemporary reworkings, reappropriations, and contestations of mythical tropes and figures; from Aeschylus’ transformation of the trickster Prometheus into a figure of sagacious rebelliousness in drama to the appearance of classical divinities in early Christian frescos, to Shakespeare’s demystifcation of the heroic warrior allure in Troilus and Cressida, to Lessing’s extrapolations on plastic art in Laokoon, to the cultural ramifications of Goya’s “Saturn Devouring His Son” or Dalí’s “Metamorphosis of Narcissus”, to the nationalist claim for a mythologized Alexander the Great in the Balkan peninsula. Papers are invited on topics related, but not limited, to:

  • Myth as a topic in art
  • Art and the artist as mythical subjects
  • The myth of the artist-creator
  • Myth-criticism in art
  • The artefact as myth and as bearer of myth
  • Classical myths, newer myths and artistic identity
  • The representation of myth and visual arts
  • Authorship, spectatorship and subjectivity in myth and art
  • Race, myth and art
  • Gender, myth and art
  • Monumental recontextualization of myth
  • False idols: the impossibility of depiction/the ineluctability of self-depiction
  • Theorizing the relationship of transference and interbreeding between myth and art
  • Pedagogical uses of art in the teaching of the classics

Confirmed Keynote speakers:

Professor Judith Barringer, Department of Classics, the University of Edinburgh

Professor Mary Koutsoudaki, Department of English Language and Literature, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens


Applicants are invited to submit a 300-word abstract, accompanied by a 50-word biographical note, by July 31st to both cdokou@enl.uoa.gr and vmarkidou@enl.uoa.gr. You will be notified of a decision by mid-September.

There will be no registration fee for this conference.

Contact Info: 

Dr. Christina Dokou (cdokou@enl.uoa.gr) and Dr. Vassia Markidou (vmarkidou@enl.uoa.gr)

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