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Beyond the ‘Now’: The Poetics of Expectation, Repeatability, and Timelessness in Greek and Latin Lyric- 05-20-21/09/2019, Oxford (England)



Lyric gravitates towards the present. Gestures that anchor the poet's utterance in the current moment rank high on many lists of lyric characteristics.  As has often been pointed out, this was true already in antiquity, from Sappho's lyrics of love to Horace's carpe diem, and beyond.  Yet not everything in Greek and Latin lyric concerns the present.  The poets often turn back to the past and - our concern in this conference - they regularly look beyond the 'now' and to what may (or may not) come after.


FECHA/DATE/DATA: 20-21/09/2019


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Ioannou Centre, Oxford Unviersity (Oxford, England)




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Friday, 20 September

11.00   Welcome and introduction

11.15   Alex Purves (UCLA), ‘Sappho’s Small Futures’

12.15   Sarah Nooter (Chicago), ‘Pindar, Failure and Futurity’


14.15   Evina Sistakou (Thessaloniki), ‘The Alternative Futures of the Lyric Personae: Time Imagined and Time Sung in the Bucolic Corpus’

15.15   Katharine Earnshaw (Exeter), ‘The Future of Farming’


16.45   William Fitzgerald (King’s College London), ‘Conditionally Lyric’


Saturday, 21 September

9.30     Barnaby Taylor (Oxford), ‘Lyric Expectation in Statius’

10.30   Ella Grunberger-Kirsh (Brown), ‘Visions of the Future in Late Antique Hymnography’


12.00   Thomas Phillips (Manchester), ‘Lyric Incompletion’


14.15   Gregson Davis (Duke), ‘The Argument of Sappho, Fragments 58-59: Carpe diem "avant la lettre"?’

15.15   Felix Budelmann (Oxford), ‘Lyric Imperatives’

16.15   Close

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