Welcome to the new home of mythTake: A fresh take on ancient myth!
We’re your hosts, Alison Innes & Darrin Sunstrum.
Our podcast is a little different from other myth podcasts out there. Rather than telling the stories, we focus on analyzing the literary material where those stories come from. Sometimes we choose a particular figure or theme from mythology and examine texts relating to it. Other times, we choose a passage from a play or poem and analyze it for its themes and ideas.
Our podcast is unscripted, so anything can happen! We keep it real–we want you to feel like you’re sitting down and having a conversation with us. We also welcome your input–questions, thoughts, suggestions, ideas.
Darrin has been reading, learning, and teaching Classics for 14 years and doesn’t plan on stopping any time soon. His interests are broad and include the heroic narrative, mythology, literature and literary theory, hermeneutics, narratology, and the history of ideas. He likes stories, their characters, their ideas, how they are constructed, understood, communicated and analyzed. Darrin is a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Classics at Brock University. He has a BA in Classical Studies and an MA in Education.
Alison‘s interests are also wide-ranging. Her academic interests include gender theory, women in history, and the history of science and medicine. She’s especially interested in the reception of Greek and Roman mythology–how the stories, ideas, and themes have come down to modern times and how they are repurposed and retold. Alison also works as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Classics at Brock University since 2009, and is also the Social Media Coordinator for the Faculty of Humanities at Brock. Her undergraduate degrees are in History (Glendon/York 2003) and Classics (McMaster 2009) and she completed her MA in Classics at Brock in 2013 with a thesis on gender and healing in the Hippocratic corpus. You can learn more about Alison and her various projects on her website.
Muggs is the general supervisor and quality control officer of the whole operation. She occasionally has something to say as she walks across the desk so you may hear her from time to time (especially in the early episodes!) She is a brown tabby with an attitude and a distinguished moggy pedigree.