Our Mythical Childhood...

The Reception of Classical Antiquity in Children’s and Young Adults’ Culture in Response to Regional and Global Challenges

Anna Mik, MA

Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw

e-mail: a.mik@student.uw.edu.pl

Anna Mik PhotoAnna Mik PhotoAnna Mik is an assistant and a PhD student in the “Our Mythical Childhood” project at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales”. She has started her carrier with children’s literature at the Faculty of Polish Studies. In 2013, she attended a facultative class on fairy tales (conducted by Dr Weronika Kostecka). Since then on, she never turned back. She became a member (and later the president, 2014–2015) of the Student Fairy Tale Society with which she co-organised two conferences: on animals in children’s literature (2015) and on Neil Gaiman (2016). After both events, Mik co-edited two multi-authored monographs: Czytanie menażerii [Reading the Menagerie] (2016) and Łapacz snów [The Dream Catcher] (2018). She is still a member of the Research Laboratory of Children’s and Young Adult Literature lead by Dr Weronika Kostecka. In 2017, she co-organised the conference on objects in children’s literature, which resulted in another multi-authored publication: O czym mówią rzeczy? [The Wind in the Things?] (2019). 

After graduating with a master thesis on Silesian folk tales (supervised by Prof. Grzegorz Leszczyński), Mik followed her children’s literature path and started her PhD programme at the Faculty of Polish Studies. Her aspiration was to study Disney’s influence on Polish children’s literature. However, mythical gods and goddesses had a different plan. 

Anna Mik Photo Anna Mik PhotoShe started her work with Prof. Katarzyna Marciniak in the “Our Mythical Childhood” project in February 2017. Since then, Anna Mik researched different topics connected to the world of childhood and Classical Antiquity. Initially, she was interested in animal studies. However, her research evolved in the direction of monster studies, with the particular take on mythical beings. Loving Disney animation and the Harry Potter universe, she wanted to include these works in her thesis. In such a way, Anna Mik has written a PhD dissertation: Signs of Exclusion. Monsters Inspired by Greek and Roman Mythology as Symbols of Rejected Minorities in Literature, Film, and TV-Series for Children and Young Adults: From Mid-20th Until Early 21st Century, supervised by Prof. Grzegorz Leszczyński and Prof. Katarzyna Marciniak. Mik has presented parts of her research at various conferences and workshops, among other things: Child and the Book Conference in Wrocław (2016); Child and Youth on the Move Conference in London (2018); International Research Society for Children’s Literature Conference in Stockholm (2019). Besides publishing the articles listed below, Mik has also written posts for the “Out Mythical Childhood” blog; “Antipodean Odyssey” blog, and critical reviews for “Kultura Liberalna”. 

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