Refashioning Myth: Poetic Transformations and Metamorphoses by David McInnis
Robert Graves tells us that the poet's first enrichment is a knowledge and understanding of myths. Certainly, as this collection of essays, poems and visual images affirms, mythology has been a field richly mined by poets and artists from antiquity through to the present day. It is testament to both the enduring power of myth, as well as the adaptability of its form, that poets and writers continually turn to the mythic for both inspiration and guidance. This volume presents a diverse collection of analytical and creative works by scholars, poets and visual artists, in response to their varied explorations of the prolific dialogue that exists between myth and poetry.
Jessica L. Wilkinson completed a PhD in Poetry and Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Her poetry and criticism have appeared in many books, newspapers and journals including HOW2, Ekleksographia, Cultural Studies Review, Overland and Southerly. Her collection of poems-Oneida-is forthcoming through Ahadada Press. Eric Parisot is a Lecturer at the School of English, Media Studies and Art History, University of Queensland, Australia. His research interests lie primarily in British literature and culture of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, including intersections of religion and literature and literary expressions of Judaeo-Christian mythology. He is working on a forthcoming book, Graveyard Poetry: Authority, Agency and the Mid-Eighteenth-Century Poetic Condition (Ashgate, 2012). David McInnis completed his PhD in the English program at the University of Melbourne, where his thesis examined vicarious travel and the early modern English stage. His work has been published in such journals as SEL: Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, Notes & Queries, Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England, Ariel and Parergon. He has co-edited a special issue of Early Modern Literary Studies on the theme Embodying Shakespeare and with Roslyn L. Knutson, he edits the Lost Plays Database (www.lostplays.org).