Hercules: A Hero for All Ages

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Hercules: A Hero for All Ages

International Conference, University of Leeds 24-6th June 2013

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Date limite : 1er octobre 2012



The conference aims to explore the potential for a large-scale project on the reception of the ancient Greek hero Herakles in post-classical culture. The idea arises from the recent monograph Herakles in Routledge'sGods and Heroes in the Ancient World seriesby Emma Stafford (University of Leeds), the final chapter of which sketches Herakles-Hercules' development from late antiquity to the present day.

The conference will make use of the main Leeds campus' excellent facilities, including the Yorkshire Bank Lecture Theatre and comfortable overnight accommodation in Storm Jameson Court. It will bring together scholars from a wide range of disciplines – including medieval and later European history, art history, literature, drama and music – with a view not only to scoping the extent of Hercules' significance as a cultural figure, but also to provoking discussion of methodological approaches which might inform a bigger project.

Speakers already include: Karl Galinsky (Texas), Edith Hall (KCL), Pat Simons (Michigan), Matt Dillon (New England), Philip Ford (Cambridge), Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones (Edinburgh), Kathleen Riley (Sydney), Paula James (OU), Kim Shahabudin (Reading), Susan Deacy (Roehampton), Greta Hawes (Bristol).

Contemporary writers and artists: Several practitioners will be talking about their Hercules-related work, including: Marian Maguire (print-maker, The Labours of Herakles), Helen Eastman (writer, Hercules, Chester 20120), George Rodosthenous (director Heracles' Wife, Leeds 2010).


Proposals for papers on any aspect of the post-classical Herakles-Hercules are welcome, for example in the following areas:
- Hercules' appropriation by Christianity
- Hercules' emergence in Renaissance literature and art as the type of virtue in general, and eloquence in particular
- Hercules' role as political emblem from the fourteenth to eighteenth centuries, especially in various northern Italian city-states and at the Burgundian court
- Hercules' particular relevance to France, as supposed forefather of the French people, role-model for kings from François I to Louis XV, and paradoxical hero of the Revolution;
- Herculean themes in music from sixteenth-century opera to nineteenth-century symphonic poems
- the re-working of tragedies by Sophokles and Euripides, especially on the themes of Herakles' death at his wife's hands and of the frenzied slaying of his own children, for twentieth- and twenty-first-century audiences
- Hercules' role in film and as a comic-book hero.

If you are interested in offering a paper, you should first e-mail Emma Stafford ( Cette adresse email est protégée contre les robots des spammeurs, vous devez activer Javascript pour la voir. ) indicating the general area you might explore. A title and short abstract (c.250 words) will then be required by 1st October 2012.



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