University of Dundee Culture Day 2022 - Telling Tales - Highlights

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For 2022, the annual University of Dundee Culture Day focused on the theme of storytelling as part of Scotland's Year of Stories. For technical reasons we were only able to record some of the presentations, which are presented here as follows:

Chris Murray (School of Humanities, Social Sciences & Law)
Adapting Science Fiction to Comics - Storytelling, Style and Genre
Chris discusses his two recent adaptation of science fiction texts into comics – Odd John and RUR – exploring the storytelling choices involved. Both adaptations make crucial changes to the stories to enter into a dialogue with contemporary readers, and both also refer to other texts influenced by the originals, making each adaptation a compendium of references to other related texts. He also discusses how the style and form of the artwork reflects stylistic aspects of the original writing.

Matthew Jarron (Museum Services)
Words and Pictures – Storytellers from the Art College
Throughout its history, Dundee’s Art College has produced many notable alumni who have achieved success in various forms of visual storytelling, including illustrated books, theatre productions, computer games, comics, TV shows and films. This illustrated talk presents a few highlights, from Shetland to Star Wars.

Neil Colquhoun and Dana Al Khatib (School of Medicine)
Medical Memoir: The stories we tell and the stories we tell ourselves
In times of trouble the answers are always found in books. Neil says: “In questioning my own story in Medicine, I turn to the stories of others. This presentation discusses some popular and common medical memoir, my own story, and the story of a current student at the University of Dundee, School of Medicine and explores what Doctorhood and Personhood mean to us and those around us.”

Keith Williams (School of Humanities, Social Sciences & Law)
The Mythic Everyday: Retelling Homer’s Odyssey through Joyce’s Ulysses
This year marks the centenary of James Joyce’s Modernist novel Ulysses. Joyce retold Homer’s Greek epic The Odyssey in terms of a modern everyman’s adventures one day in Dublin. He democratised the notion of the heroic, shifting the action from the battlefield to our everyday thoughts and experiences. Odysseus and Bloom defeat adversaries by brains and wit, not brawn and violence. By making his comic hero a Jewish everyman, Joyce dreamt up a future more like the Ireland we know now, with room for diversity, tolerance, and open borders. Joyce was prophetic in placing antisemitism at his novel’s narrative heart, as mid-20h century history would so appallingly confirm.

Caroline Brown (Archive Services)
Three Women, Three Lives, Three Tales
Caroline delves into the University Archives to look at the lives of three pioneering women who were born in the late 19th century and lived in Dundee. She explores what tales the records and archives they left behind tell us.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDundee
PublisherMuseum Services, University of Dundee
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 7 Nov 2022


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