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CALL. 12.10.2018: Poetics and politics. New approaches to Euripides - Lyon (France)












ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: P. Brillet-Dubois ; A.-S. Noel ; B. Nikolsky ; research center HiSoMA

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In recent years, the tragic art of Euripides has been examined in more eclectic ways than during the peak of new historicist studies, and methods have been developed involving not only social, political, anthropological and religious but also (meta-)poetic, structural, dramaturgical and musical considerations. These perspectives are either juxtaposed to encompass the complexity of Euripides's drama or articulated to each other, aesthetic form being seen as a mode of political thought. The context within which drama needs to be interpreted has been expanded to include not only the institutions and dynamics of the Athenian city, but also other forms of poetry, art and thought to which the poet alludes in a constantly creative way or with which he competes. The conference aims at bringing together such diverse approaches to reexamine the relation between Euripides's poetics and the politics of his time.Some of the questions that the conference hopes to raise are the following:How would we define today the political meaning of Euripides's plays? How is this meaning articulated to their form, structure, rhythm and other poetic aspects? How do studies on the materiality of Greek drama contribute to the question of politics?How does performance actualize or enhance the political impact of the tragic text and how do performance studies contribute to the political interpretation of Euripides's plays? Should we renounce the idea that Euripides is conveying a precise political message in a given play or does the combination of new methods allow us to identify his voice in a more subtle way than before? What is the specificity of his tragedies and of his approach to politics? Does a political interpretation preclude a search for a universal human meaning? When both meanings coexist, what are the poetical or dramaturgical means that unite or distinguish them? How can we integrate the fragmentary plays in the interpretation of Euripides's politics?Can the political reception of Euripides's plays throughout the centuries help us frame in a fresh way the relation between Euripides's poetics and the politics of his time?


The deadline for the submission of abstracts to has been extended to October 12th, 2018.

Submissions will be examined by the members of the scientific committee: P. Brillet-Dubois (Université Lumière Lyon 2-HiSoMA), A. Beltrametti (Università di Pavia), D. Mastronarde (UC Berkeley), B. Nikolsky (RANEPA, Moscow), A.-S. Noel (ENS Lyon-HiSoMA), V. Wohl (University of Toronto).


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