Dr Pietra Palazzolo teaches modern and contemporary literature, critical theory, and interdisciplinary studies at the Open University. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Centre for Myth Studies (University of Essex) and has been Convener of the Myth Reading Group & Open Seminar series at the Centre since 2014. Her PhD examined John Banville’s encounter with the work of Wallace Stevens and Samuel Beckett. She has co-edited Translating Myth (2016), and published a number of book chapters including “Desire, Pursuit, & Loss: The Making of Athena” (forthcoming), “‘Tell[ing] one story in place of another’: Journeys of Discovery in Jackie Kay’s Autobiographical Prose and Poetry” (2017), and “Telling Stories: Alterity & Ethics in Banville’s The Untouchable & Shroud” (2005). Her current research focuses on redefinitions of the concept of home and belonging in C21 literature, & on re-imaginings of myth in performance poetry, storytelling, & fiction. You can follow her on Twitter @drppalazzolo, @MythStudies, & @AsteriaMyth.

2018 marks the tenth anniversary of the Centre for Myth Studies at the University of Essex.