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Classics and/in Performance - 30-31/10/2015, Notre Dame, Indiana (USA)

The aim of this conference is twofold: first, to examine via panels of speakers, ideally to be grouped by performance genre, specific issues of reception in these diverse fields; and second, to use the conclusions reached in these panels to pose large-scale theoretical questions about the nature of reception and the ways in which we study it. Some of these larger concerns will then be addressed in the keynote presentation byProfessor Sarah Nooter from the University of Chicago, who will speak about her current project on comparative drama in classical Athens and twentieth-century Africa. This address will be accompanied by the viewing of a modern performance to serve as a specific case study intended to generate further discussion and analysis. Participants will also be afforded the opportunity to discuss these issues withProfessor Isabelle Torrance of the University of Notre Dame, who will deliver the opening remarks, and whose work on Greek tragedy and its reception deals with some of these very questions.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 30-31.10.2015

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Department of Classics, University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, Indiana USA)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: University of Notre Dame, Department of Classics

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Friday, October 30th

Location: McKenna Hall Room 202

Breakfast/Coffee: 8:00 am

Opening Remarks by Professor Isabelle Torrance: 8:30 am

First Panel (Chair: Julie Pakstis): 8:45 – 10:15 am

1. Electric Narratives: Elektra and Medea on the Edwardian Stage (Jonathon Campbell, Georgia State University)

2. Medea in Brazil: Chico Buarque and Paulo Pontes’ Gota d’Água as Polotics against Oppression (Cesar Gemelli, University of Notre Dame)

3. A Dream of Passion: Creating a Modern Medea (Florencia Foxley, University of Colorado, Boulder)

Break: 10:15 am

First Keynote (Moderator: Professor Christopher Baron): 10:45 am – 12:15 pm

Greek Drama: a Musical Theater (Mary Kay Gamel, Professor Emerita, University of California, Santa Cruz)

Lunch (as a group): 12:15 pm

Location: Morris Inn private dining room

Second Panel (Chair: John Izzo): 2:30 – 4:00 pm

Location: McKenna Hall Room 202

1. Cicero at the Pulpit: Repurposing Roman Rhetoric in Augustine’s De Doctrina Christiana (Caitlin Diddams, SUNY Buffalo)

2. Pericles in Presidential Policies: Political Performance & Popular Persuasion (Tom Pappas, Indiana University, Bloomington)

3. “You Only Live Once”: YOLO and the Reception of Carpe Diem (John Haberstroh, University of California, Riverside)

Adjourn: 4:00 pm

(dinner individually)

Film Screening: 8:00 pm

Location: McKenna Hall Room 202

Notes for an African Oresteia by Pier Paolo Pasolini

Drinks/Discussion: After screening

Saturday, October 31st

Location: McKenna Hall Room 202

Breakfast/Coffee: 8:30 am

Second Keynote (Moderator: Alex Vawter): 9:00 am

The telos of two African Oresteias: what adaptations ask (Sarah Nooter, Assistant Professor of Classics, University of Chicago)

Break: 10:30 am

Third Panel (Chair: Aubrey Crum): 10:45 am

1. “The Ghost, Boys”: Seneca’s Shadow on the Elizabethan Stage (Lizzy Ten-Hove, Stanford University)

2. Jean-Luc Godard’s Version of the Odyssey in Le Mépris (Matthew Horrell, University of Iowa)

3. Strauss, Hofmannsthal, Sophocles, and the Chorus: Frameworks for Negotiating Cultural Influence (Sean Kelly, University of Notre Dame)

Closing Remarks by Sean Kelly: 12:15 pm

Speaker Lunch: 12:30 pm

Location: Morris Inn private dining room

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