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Myths for Modernity:

Fictions and fantasies in an age of reason

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Jim Crace, Justina Robson, Nicholas Royle. Hilary Lawson hosts.

In our supposedly rational world we imagine ourselves to have outgrown myths. Myths are for others and the past. But is this an illusion and could it be that myths are essential? Is it time, in our era of deconstructed meanings, to create a new set of modern myths to help us navigate our way through life?

The Panel

Whitbread award winning novelist Jim Crace, postmodern cultural theorist and writer Nicholas Royle, and science fiction author Justina Robson seek out new mythologies.

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  • Justina Robson
    The Pitch
    Mythmaker argues the case for self-creation through myth-creation
  • Nicholas Royle
    The Pitch
    Theorist discusses the arresting nature of storytelling and its authority
  • Jim Crace
    The Pitch
    Novelist asserts the sense of community and reinvention of myths
  • The Debate
    Theme One
    Truth and myth
  • The Debate
    Theme Two
    Invented narratives
  • The Debate
    Theme Three
    The power of myth
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TiPerihelion on 22/06/2013 10:23pm

What a poor host - constantly interrupting and putting words in the panelists' mouths. Very annoying and distracting.

SlavojSlavoj on 10/12/2012 3:27pm

The idea that we have outgrown myths is palpably absurd. We still construct archetypes, parables, cautionary tales and recurring tropes that help us traverse our 'rational' world. Humans will always guide one another through word, metaphor and narrative. Why should rationalism change this?

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