Selected articles from each publication of The Amphora Issue are now available online. We are proud to share these two postgraduate articles, which have both been awarded prizes:
Miriam Riverlea (Monash) ‘Icarus is seventeen, like me’: Reworking Myth in Yound Adult Fiction
David Rafferty (UM) Princeps Senatus
Miriam Riverlea’s article “‘Icarus is seventeen, like me’: Reworking Myth in Young Adult Fiction” was published in our inaugural issue ‘Classical Re-conceptions’. This article is based upon the paper that she presented at the Straddling the Divide // Reception Studies Today conference. Riverlea won the prize for best postgraduate paper which The Amphora Issue offered to publish. Riverlea explores the reception of the myth of Icarus within modern Australian and American young adult fiction. Through an examination of the language used by the writers Nadia Wheatley and Paul Zindel, Riverlea reveals that each unique re-telling of the myth is conscious of its predecessors and potential future re-conceptions.
David Rafferty’s article ‘Princeps Senatus’ was published in the special issue of MHJ ‘Cultural (Re)Constructions’. For this article Rafferty won the 2012 University of Melbourne Fellows’ Group Annual History Essay Prize. The primary focus for this Prize is the promotion of excellence in the interpretation of history through a published source. Rafferty’s article argues that the office of the princeps senatus was not abolished officially in 86 BCE as is commonly held, but continued on after Sulla’s dictatorship. At the launch of Cultural (Re)Constructions, David Konstan said of David Rafferty’s article, ‘What Rafferty shows is that history can be personal, and we need to look at how people interact, not just how institutions come and go’.