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The articles in Myths of Origins provide insights into the universality of myths of origins as patterns of literary creation from Antiquity to the present. The essays range from an investigation of the six models of beginnings in Western literature to the workings of modern myths of origins in postcolonial literature and relocate the discussion on myths of origin in a wider context that besides the humanities considers linguistics and the impact of new technologies.

The contributing authors to the volume shed light on issues relating to myths of origins by linking this subject to literary creation and adopting a multidisciplinary approach.     

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Emilia Di Rocco teaches Comparative Literature at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. She has published books and many articles on the rewritings of myth in modernity, including Raccontare il ritorno. Temi e trame della letteratura (il Mulino, 2017).

Chiara Lombardi is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Torino. She has published monographs, translations and many articles on the reception of the Classics from Renaissance to Contemporary Age.    

Notes on Contributors

  Piero Boitani

1 Irrelevant Bodies The Creation of Woman as a Model of Post-natural Creation
  Silvia Romani

2 The Wonder of Creation Robert Holcot’s Commentary to the Book of Wisdom
  Emilia di Rocco

3 From Chaos to Light Creation and Re-creation in Michelangelo, Ronsard, and Shakespeare
  Chiara Lombardi

4 Shakespeare’s Demiurge New Origins and Old Tricks in the Tempest
  Cristiano Ragni

5 Origins, Authorship, and the Sublime between Late Antique Theory and Renaissance Hexameral Poetry
  Irene Montori

6 Shelley’s Prometheus Unbound and the Origins of Creation Fiery Æther and the Examples of Dante and Lucretius
  Riccardo Antonangeli

7 ‘The Shade of Mr. Kurtz’ Heart of Darkness as (Modern) Myth
  Riccardo Capoferro

8 The Myths of Origin in Hegel and Heidegger
  Paolo Diego Bubbio

9 Following the Songlines Myth and Creation in Bruce Chatwin’s and Wim Wenders’s Works
  Luigi Marfè

10 A Monstrous Origin Pavese, Hesiod and the Power of Monsters
  Salvatore Renna

11 Mythology in Transmedia Storytelling
  Francesca Medaglia

12 ‘Transparent’ Words The Multidimensional ‘Myth of Origin’ of Naturalness in Ancient Indo-European Languages
  Marianna Pozza

13 The Cave and the Mirage Mythologies of the Origin of the World and Cinema in Cave of Forgotten Dreams and Fata Morgana by Werner Herzog
  Mirko Lino

14 ‘The Story that Gave this Land Its Life’ The Legend of Bon Bibi in Amitav Ghosh’s Sundarbans Trilogy
  Elena Spandri


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