Myth and Dream / The Dreaming of Myth
A two-day conference (23 and 24 May 2019) in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, at the University of Bologna
Immemorially, myths and dreams have been closely associated as wellsprings for fantasy and the imagination. The pairing of myth and dream reaches far back into antiquity, to the story of Gilgamesh in the Middle East, to the epics of Homer and Virgil in Europe, and to the Dream Time of Australian aborigines. In the modern era, psychoanalytic theories have drawn freely upon mythic accounts and archetypal images in interpreting dreams and plumbing the depths of the unconscious mind, while artists of the surreal and symbolist painters have revelled in the transformations and displacements that recourse to the world of myth and dream affords. Jane Harrison encapsulated the association between the two when at the beginning of the twentieth century she wrote that ‘myth is the dream-thinking of a people, just as the dream is the myth of the individual’.
The conference invites proposals addressing diverse approaches to the combination of myth and dream – literary, artistic, scientific or theological – that enjoy attention in the contemporary world.
Topics may include, but are not limited to:
Dreamer as hero(ine)
Dreams of other worlds
Gates of ivory and horn
Gods of dreaming
Monads and dyads
Succubus and incubus
Time and timelessness
Wishes and desires
Yin and yang
The languages of the conference will be Italian and English.
Papers should be 20 minutes long. Please send proposals of 250 words (in Italian or English) to email@example.com by 1 February 2019.