Conference - Bestselling Muses: Current popular retellings of Greek and Roman myth from a female perspective
|Where:||KNIR, Rome & online|
Anyone walking into a bookshop these days cannot avoid it: for the past three years or so, the bestseller tables have invariably been stacked high with books like Ariadne, Elektra, Atalanta (Saint), Pandora’s Jar, Stone Blind, Divine Might (Haynes), The Song of Achilles, Circe (Miller), Daughters of Sparta, The Shadow Of Perseus (Heywood), Psyche and Eros (McNamara) and many other retellings of ancient myths. Via booktok, instagram and goodreads as well, Clytaemnestras, Helens and Medusas are storming the bestseller lists with the help of their fan base of mostly (very) young female readers. One thing these books have in common: they retell the well-known stories of antiquity from a female perspective, and often with a noticeably feminist slant.
What is going on? Is this a new phenomenon? Why are feminism and antiquity a logical combination? How did so many authors suddenly come up with this idea? And why do so many readers want more of this? How does this trend relate to such disparate phenomena as de-colonialism, fan fiction and science fiction? These are among the questions this conference aims to answer, looking at ancient myths, modern authors; readers and their experiences, and the fascinating phenomenon of retelling more generally.
To participate on site or online, please register via the KNIR website.
For any questions, please contact organizer Jacqueline Klooster (J.J.H.Klooster rug.nl)
14:45-15:30: The Palimpsestic Popular Muse: Poetics of the current Retellings of ancient myths, Jacqueline Klooster (Groningen)
15:45-16:30: Wrapping up