College of Arts and Sciences
Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
Greek mythology, Fantasy, Fiction, Creative Writing Thesis
Miller, Jordan Ashley, "Resurrecting Olympus" (2023). Masters Theses. 955.
The objective of this creative project was to reintroduce Greek mythology to the public, adapting the ancient tales to appeal to an ever-evolving world. In order to do the myths justice, it was important to examine adaptations and interpretations over the centuries to determine the philosophical trajectory of mythology. My studies unearthed a diverse portfolio of academic perspectives ranging from the likes of the more formal philosopher Thomas Bullfinch of the 1900s, to the modern, comedy-infused commentator Stephen Fry. Each voice revealed something new to consider. Synthesizing these varying positions into a holistic narrative, I set out to pen a collection of tales of my own with the expressed purpose of revitalizing interest in mythology outside of academia. This thesis is only the beginning of my mission to reimagine the Greek pantheon as beloved figures of fantasy literature to appeal to 21st Century readers.