Latin studies nowadays bristle with a variety of very different approaches and theoretical methodologies, some of which are consciously and explicitly professed by scholars – but many of them are latent or unrecognised. As John Ma showed in 1994 in his masterly exercice de style “Black HunterVariations,” the scholars’ conscious or subconscious entrenchment into their own preferred methodologies risks producing a stagnation of research which is as dishonest as it is unproductive. Today, textual criticism, structuralism, post-structuralism, new historicism, Marxist and psychoanalytic criticism, gender and postcolonial studies (to offer a suggestive and by no means exhaustive list) all function as different lenses through which our textsare suddenly reframed and transformed, and yet the greater value of such polyphony of approaches lies in the possibility of cross-fertilization.
LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Cambridge Classics Faculty / St John’s College Cambridge,(Cambridge England)
ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Dr Elena Giusti, St John’s College Cambridge: Dr Siobhan Chomse, St John’s College Cambridge: Prof. William Fitzgerald, King’s College London
The Fixed Handout Workshop: Exercises and Variations in Reading Latin Texts
University of Cambridge, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th April 2016
Cambridge Classics Faculty, Room G.21
Saturday 16th April 2016
Welcome and Introduction (Siobhan Chomse & Elena Giusti)
1st Session: Witches
Handout Passages: Ovid Amores 3.7.1-38; Plautus Miles Gloriosus 182-94; Horace Satires 1.8.14-36; Petronius Satyricon 131; Lucan Bellum Civile 6.624-41; Virgil Aeneid 4.474-93; Dante Inferno 9.16-57; Goethe Faust Part Two, Chapter 22.
Mathias Hanses (Penn State University)
"Ovid and the Magic Doll: The Roman Discourse on Witchcraft in Amores 3.7."
Viola Starnone (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa)
Ian Goh (Birkbeck)
“A Witch's Brew from Lucretius to Liszt”
2nd Session: Gardens
Handout Passages: Virgil Georgics 4.125-46; Horace Epodes 2.1-28; Tibullus 1.1.7-18; Appendix Virgiliana Moretum 52-89; Seneca Epistles 21.9-11; Seneca Epistles 94.69-71; Voltaire Candide, Chapter 30; Shakespeare Richard II, Scene IV.
Martin Stöckinger (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
Barbara Del Giovane (Università degli Studi di Firenze)
Nick Ollivère (Royal Holloway, University of London)
“The Fallen Elm: Comparative Classics and the Loss of Nature (Edward Thomas, Virgil, Tibullus, Horace and Seneca)”
Conference Dinner (St John’s College, Parsons Room)
Sunday 17th April 2016
3rd Session: The East
Handout Passages: Propertius Elegies 3.4; Ovid Ars Amatoria 1.177-228; Sidonius Panegyric on Anthemius 30-67; Claudian The Fourth Consulship of the Emperor Honorius 565-610; Virgil Georgics3.109-39; Virgil Aeneid 8.685-728; Ezra Pound Homage to Sextus Propertius, Section VI; Spenser Faerie Queene, Book IV, Canto XI.
Christian Badura (Freie Universität Berlin)
Michael Hanaghan (University of Exeter)
Bram van der Velden (University of Cambridge)
4th Session: The Underworld
Handout Passages: Seneca Apocolocyntosis 13; Seneca Hercules Furens 662-96; Juvenal Satires 2.149-70; Petronius Satyricon 72-3; Horace Odes 2.13; Virgil Aeneid 6.268-81; Ezra Pound, Canto XIV; T.S. EliotLittle Gidding 2.
Kathrin Winter (Universität Heidelberg)
Tom Geue (University of St Andrews)
Giovanna Laterza (Université de Strasbourg)
Closing Keynote: William Fitzgerald (King’s College London)