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Res vera, res ficta: Fictionality in Ancient Epistolography - 16-17/12/2019, Cambridge (England)


The goal of this workshop is to explore these fictional nuances across a range of letters, including those not necessarily considered as fictional, in order to explore these layers of fictionality in more depth. Instead of considering whether letters are authentic or not, we will look at how these texts situate themselves as fiction and explore their own fictionality as letters. By doing so, we want to outline a more nuanced approach to epistolary fictionality which helps to bridge the divide between fictional and authentic letters rather than reinscribing the binary oppositions implied by these terms.


FECHA/DATE/DATA: 16-17/12/2019


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Sussex College, Cambridge (Cambridge, England)


ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Serena Cammoranesi (Manchester); Claire Rachel Jackson (Cambridge); Janja Soldo (Swansea)


INFO: web


INSCRIPCIÓN/REGISTRATION/REGISTRAZIONE: Aquí/here/qui Deadline: 30/11/2019


-Dos días (estándar) /two days (standard)/due giorni (standard): £20


-Dos días (estudiantes y desempleados) /two days (students and unwaged)/due giorni (estudenti e disoccupati): £15


-Un día/one day/un giorno: £10


PROGRAMA/PROGRAM/PROGRAMMA:

Monday, 16th of December


1-2.30pm: Transmission and Epistolary Theory

E. Barbiero: Wish You Were Here: Epistolary ‘Transmigration’

Response: C. Jackson

A. Sarri: Collections of real letters transmitted together with collections of fictional letters in the mss.

Response: M. Trapp


3pm-4:30pm: Epistolary Margins

A. Morrison: Letters and Power in Plato and Later Pseudepigraphic Letters

Response: I. Peirano

C. Edwards: Ovid Ex Ponto: greetings from the margin

Response: J. Soldo


4.45pm-6.15pm: Greek fictional letters

C. Jackson: Fiction, Authenticity, and Plato in the Letters of Euripides

Response: A. Morrison

T. Whitmarsh: Address unknown: uchrony and anachrony in epistolary fiction

Response: R. Gibson


6.15-6.45pm: Roundtable discussion



Tuesday, 17th of December


9am-10:30am: Cicero and Pliny

K. Tempest: The art of faking it: the letters of Marcus Brutus and Mithridates

Response: S. Cammoranesi

R. Gibson: In Icaria Insula: autobiographical fiction and authenticity in Pliny’s Epistles

Response: C. Edwards


11am-12:30pm: Ciceronian Fictions

S. Cammoranesi: Cicero’s Epistulae ad Familiares: From Real Letters to Literary Artefact

Response: E. Barbiero

R. Morello: Fictions in the real world: language and reality in Cicero’s letters

Response: O. Elder


12:30-1pm: Roundtable discussion

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