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Classics and poetry workshop - 02/11/2017, London (England)


This day workshop encourages experimentation (both theoretical and formal**) and hopes to explore the full extent of engagements with ancient Greek and Roman culture in poetry in any language and medium made in the 20th and 21st centuries. It seeks to stretch the boundaries of what we know about the mechanics of the creative process, to test the theories we currently use to think about the reception of the classical in poetry, and to ask what is distinctive about the intellectual, formal and aesthetic frameworks that underlie engagements with Greek and Roman antiquity in 20th- and 21st-century poetry. What does the ancient text (or those classical figures and stories within it look/feel/sound like in modern poetic form? And why do they look/feel/sound that way? What are the key pressures of the present that forge this modern poetic classicism, and how does that compare to earlier manifestations? If the current dominant model for approaching poetic interaction between ancient and modern texts is intertextuality, is it not high time we identified and explored alternative models that more effectively illuminate the practice of poets and the experience of readers and audiences of poetry?

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 02/11/2017

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House (London, England)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Classical Reception Studies Network (CRSN) ; Classics And Poetry Now (CAPN) ; Institute of Classical Studies.

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1030-1100 coffee and welcome

1100-1130 Martina Delucchi, University of Pisa, “Dream is the infinite shadow of Truth” Pascoli’s Alexander: the cosmic vertigo.

1130-1150 Sabrina Mancuso, University of Tübingen, Ajax and shame from Sophocles to Cardarelli. (VIDEO and discussion)

1150-1200 break

1200-1230 Rossana Zetti, University of Edinburgh, Ideological and Creative Practice in Brecht’s Re-telling of Antigone’s first Stasimon.

1230-1300 Jenny Messenger, University of St. Andrews, Replete with Reception: Borges and Plotinus.

1300-1400 lunch

1400-1430 Anna Trostnikova, Royal Holloway, University of London, Attis in 1929: 
Piotrovsky’s translation of Catullus 63 in poetical and political context of early Soviet Russia.

1430-1500 Hanna Paulouskaya, Faculty of “Artes Liberales” of the University of Warsaw, Mayakovsky vs Horace.

1500-1510 break

1510-1540 Holly Ranger, Saviana Stanescu’s encounters with Ovid.

1540-1610 Amy McCauley, Oedipa and the Uses of Tragedy.

1610-1630 break

1630-1730 Round Table Discussion led by Lorna Hardwick, Open University.

1930-2100ish Poems in the Pub: Caroline Bird, Amy McCauley and Special Guests — All welcome for after party in The Duke, Doughty Mews, London.

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