116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Folklore and Mythology

Session Chair: 
Charles Hoge, Metropolitan State University of Denver
Time: 
Session 4: Saturday 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Location: 
Miller Hall 131

Presenters/Papers:

  1. John Danho, California Polytechnic University, Pomona
    Aeschylus' Eumenides and Euripides' Orestes are two works of ancient literature that, when examined in conjunction with another, reveal two poles of a tragic continuum that permeate all dramas of their kind. The continuum in question is framed by election and necessity - what a mortal can do and what a mortal will do, depending on the governing structures of the cosmos and their metaphysical worldview.
  2. Emma Barnes, University of Salford
    In The Water-Babies (1863) Charles Kingsley subverts the gender roles of traditional mermaid myths as it is a male hybrid creature who must go in search of a soul. By bringing the mythical creatures into dialogue with gender studies and postcolonial ecocriticism, this paper demonstrates how the mythological elements in the text complicate nineteenth-century ideas of normative gender roles and resist the imperial rhetoric that Kingsley attempts to implement in the text.
  3. Logan Greene, Eastern Washington University
    Many ancient myths embody a pattern of descent to the underworld and return, most notably the descent stories of Ishtar and Persephone. But what about those who stay in the world below, such as Ereshkigal, Osiris, and Hekate? What can these powerful and enigmatic figures offer us in the twenty-first century?
Session Cancelled: 
No