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yRefashioning Myth : Poetic Transformations and MetamorphosesJessica Wilkinson
Newcastle upon Tyne:Cambridge Scholars Press,2011Z18325982011anthology poetry criticism '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.' (Publisher's blurb) Newcastle upon Tyne:Cambridge Scholars Press,2011
'The Sunlit Zone, the major project of my PhD thesis, is a verse novel about trauma and transformation. The work is concerned with the ways in which transformation might occur at the site of "the wound" and with how the journey of protagonist, North, shifts from a state of trauma into the sunlit zone that the novel's title suggests.
'This novel looks specifically at thresholds between loss, memory, hybridity and mourning. North's twin sister, Finn, is a hybrid creature who inclines always towards the sea. The Sunlit Zone is particularly concerned with loss on both a micro level (via the childhood trauma that tracks North into adulthood) and a macro level (via the impact of new technology on the 21st century).
'Set in Melbourne in 2040, the narrative moves between past and present in order to memorialise trauma and, in doing so, locate its redemption.'