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Classics and/as World Literature - 03-04/06/2016, London (England)

The aim of this two-day international conference is to explore (1) how Greek and Latin classical authors, often in modern-language translations, have historically functioned as part of the colonial curriculum and (2) their status relative to Comparative Literature and World Literature.

World Literature has been advocated as new approach to the study of literature in a globalised age, and as one which avoids the nationalist and colonialist pitfalls of studying literatures in traditional departmental and disciplinary formations. But prominent advocates of World Literature have as yet evaded the challenge presented by the ancient Greek and Roman literature to their conceptual framework.Histories of World Literature progress from Gilgamesh immediately to Dante and skip everything in between.

This conference is designed to address that lacuna and emphasise the rightful place of ancient Greek and Latin texts, imperialist warts and all, at the heart of the 21st-century international World Literature syllabus.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 03-04/06/2016

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: King´s College London (London, England)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Department of Classics, King´s College London

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3rd June

10:00 COFFEE and Registration

10:30 Welcome Edith Hall (KCL) and William Fitzgerald (KCL) 11:00-12:30 Session 1 Chair, Russell Goulbourne (KCL) 11:00 Michael Silk (KCL) Introductory Address: Problematising 'World Literature' (but not 'Classics'?) 11:30 Andrew Laird (Warwick):Aztec Humanists: Uses of the Classics by Nahua Writers in Early Colonial Mexico 12:00 Nicholas Ollivere (Oxford) The Road to Morocco: Reading Back to the Classics via Sartre 12:30 SANDWICH LUNCH 13:30-15:00 Session 2 Chair, Sebastian Matzner (KCL) 13:30 Emily Greenwood (Yale):Local World Classics: A Manifesto 14:00 Pramit Chaudhuri (Dartmouth) Outsourcing: Classics in World Literature and Digital Humanities 14:30 Ayelet Haimson Lushkov (University of Texas at Austin) Broad Classics: Damnatio Memoriae on the Global Stage 15:00 TEA 16:00-17:30 Session 3 Chair, William Fitzgerald (KCL) 16:00 Justine McConnell (Oxford)Riddling Mirrors: Comparing Oral Poetics in Ancient Greece and Contemporary South Africa 16:30 Keynote 1, David Damrosch (Harvard) Hellenistic World Literature: Apuleius and Walcott Read the Greeks 18:00 Drinks Reception in RIVER ROOM Includes toast to celebrate of publication of Justine McConnell & Edith Hall (eds.) Ancient Greek Myth and World Fiction since 1989 (Bloomsbury 2015). 1930 Speakers’ dinner in local restaurant, hosted by Department of Comparative Literature 4th June

10-00-11:00 Session 4 Chair, Dan Orrells (KCL) 10:00 Henry Stead (Open University): A spectre is haunting World Literature -- the spectre of Classics (1917-1956) 10:30 Miryana Dimitrova (KCL): Dissident Ancients: The Cases of the Theatrical Socrates and the Cinematic Aesop in the People’s Republic of Bulgaria 11:00 COFFEE 11:30-13:00 Session 5 Chair, David Ricks (KCL) 11:30 Rachel Bower (Leeds) World Literature and Epistolarity 12:00 Ziad Elmarsafy (KCL) Photosynthesis: Neoplatonisms from Suhrawardi to Abdelwahab Meddeb. 12:30 Maria Vamvouri Ruffy (Lausanne): A Translation’s Sociolect: The Weak Point of ‘World Literature’? 13:00 LUNCH 14:00-16:00 Session 6 Chair: Pavlos Avlamis (KCL) 14:30 Bobby Xinyue (Warwick): Ovid in China 15:00 Simon Perris (Wellington, NZ): Māori Writers and the Classics: Sources, Questions, and Hypotheses 15:30 Phiroze Vasunia (UCL): How we Lost the Classics, in India, For Example 1600 TEA 16:30-18:30 CLOSING SESSION Chair: Susan Bassnett (Glasgow) 16:30 Keynote 2, Patrice Rankine (University of Richmond) Slavery, the Book, and Classical Tensions: The U.S. and Brazil 17:30 Roundtable, kicked off by Susan Bassnett as Respondent 18:30 Wine or Pub

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