Something Wicked That Way Went: Monsters and Monstrosity in Classical Antiquity

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Something Wicked That Way Went: Monsters and Monstrosity in Classical Antiquity

16th Annual Classics Graduate Student Colloquium - University of Virginia

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Date limite : 1er février 2012

 

University of Virginia - April 7, 2012
Keynote Speaker: Daniel Ogden on “The Birth of the Christian Dragon”

From gold-digging ants to necromantically resurrected zombies, monsters both literal and figurative are a prominent feature of classical culture. This colloquium will investigate the various roles which the monstrous—bestial or supernatural, subhuman or all too human—has played from antiquity on. Our keynote speaker, Professor Daniel Ogden of the University of Exeter, will discuss the classical antecedents of the Christian dragon-slaying motif. We hope to attract submissions from a wide variety of departments and disciplines, on monsters found not only in literature of any period but also in material culture, art, myth, cult, and religion.

 

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

- Defining the Monstrous: ancient conceptions of monsters, monsters distinguished from humans and from animals, humans as monsters, the status of half-monsters, witches, and ghosts
- Monsters in Material Culture: significant roles for monsters in material culture, the special challenges and opportunities of physically depicting monsters, visual compared to literary depictions, ancient reactions to dinosaur bones
- The Use and Interpretation of Monsters: considerations of genre, religious significance of the monstrous, metaphorical or allegorical interpretations, ancient reactions to the monstrous from fear to laughter, the words of monsters themselves, pathetic and sympathetic portrayals of monsters, the significance of friendly or helpful monsters
- Monstrous Origins and Legacies: mythical genealogies, regional differences and interaction, Eastern or African sources, influence on other ancient cultures, Medieval and Renaissance reception in both literature and art

Talks should range from 15 to 20 minutes. Please send abstracts of up to 300 words to Erich Merkel at Cette adresse email est protégée contre les robots des spammeurs, vous devez activer Javascript pour la voir. no later than February 1, 2012.

 

 

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