Tag Archives: myth

CfP: Death and the Supernatural, University of Edinburgh, 16 June 2017

If you’re a mediaevalist with Gothic leanings, why not submit to this conference on Death and the Supernatural? I only just found out about this so I apologise for the lateness–still two days to apply for what looks a very … Continue reading

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Alan Garner — review essay

Alan Garner is one of the finest fantasy writers for children, though his work goes beyond both that genre and that audience. Michael Newton, in an excellent essay here, reviews First Light, ‘a festschrift of essays, reminiscences, poems and stories … Continue reading

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Folk Horror Revival

Folk Horror is a category of Gothic which seems to be getting a lot of attention these days. There’s an exciting new web site, Folk Horror Revival, devoted to the topic, paying particular attention to the musical aspects of this … Continue reading

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Folklore Thursday

We’ve been following Folklore Thursday‘s entertaining and informative Tweets for some time now. As the name suggests, they post snippets on folklore-related themes every Thursday, using the hashtag #FolkloreThursday. They have been supporting the OGOM blog (with much OGOM material … Continue reading

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Intertextuality and YA Fairytale Adaptations

As you probably know, I am fascinated by intertextuality and the transformation of genres, particularly the way that recent YA fiction has taken classic narratives and reimagined them as contemporary paranormal romance or other YA genres. The chart here is … Continue reading

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7 YAs Based on Myths and Tales From Around the World

YA transformations of fairy tale again; this is a type of writing which fascinates me at the moment. A review here by Melissa Albert on seven such novels, metamorphosing myths and folktales from the Thousand and One Nights; Norse myth; … Continue reading

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Mythical Creatures from Philippine Folklore and Mythology

Over on the Facebook site, Bill has shared this very interesting article about ‘Creatures & Mythical Beings from Philippine Folklore & Mythology’. The relationship between culture, nationality and folklore and is incredibly interesting. One of my neighbours is from Trinidad … Continue reading

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Animals Conferences and CFPs

For those of you who are interested in animal studies, ecocriticism and ecoGothic, there are a couple of conferences that caught my eye recently. The first is ‘Animal Biographies – Recovering Animal Selfhood through Interdisciplinary Narration?’ (9th-11th March 2016, University of … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day, Wolves, and Lupercalia

An interesting article by Benjamin Breen on the ethnography of Valentine’s Day, showing its origins in the pagan festival of Lupercalia and the connections to the transfigured Lycaon in Ovid’s Metamorphosis.

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Witchy Vampires

This is a little light, but fun, and a starting point for those who want to explore the folkloric vampire/witch figure from outside the usual Western literary paradigms. (Though calling these kindred bloodsuckers ‘vampire’ and universalising them thus opens up … Continue reading

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