Myth Remaking


For Lit Hub, Michele Filgate interviews Lidia Yuknavitch on her new novel, The Small Backs of Children, to explore the idea of new symbols and mythology for contemporary culture:

I’m not clear why we have to limit ourselves to old myths without creating new ones… I have no allegiance to locating myth in the past, like it’s locked in petroglyphs or something. I think we can dislocate myth, relocate myth, form, deform, reform myth as culture and people change. It’s more mythmaking as a verb that interests me.

For more from Lidia, check out Alden Jones’s recent conversation with the writer here at The Rumpus.

Michelle Vider is a writer based in Philadelphia. Her work has appeared/is forthcoming in The Toast, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Atlas and Alice, Baldhip Magazine, and others. Find her at or @meanchelled. More from this author →