Provincial Women in the Roman Imagination

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Provincial Women in the Roman Imagination

January 2-5, 2014 145th Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL

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Date limite : 1er février 2013

 


Organizer: Paolo Asso, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Sponsored by the Women's Classical Caucus

Roman literature from the theater of Plautus and Terence to imperial epic and historiography is rich in memorable women who are not Roman. The fictional characters are usually Greek in early comedy, and they bear such imaginative names as Philocomasion or geographically descriptive ones like Andria. The historical figures tend to be politically prominent women, like the pluri-celebrated Cleopatra, Zenobia, Sophonisba, and Boudica. These characters, whether fictional or historical, are impressive literary figures and share a 'provincial' background. They are not from the Roman center but from the imperial periphery. Their non-Roman identities are part of the reason why they are mentioned in our sources. Two well-known examples of the literary and the historical type are Dido and Cleopatra, who have a very close association with the Caesars. When observed from the centralized perspective of the Roman imperial network, these 'provincial' women challenge the Roman conception of gendered roles but their non-Roman identities would benefit from a closer look. Anthony Augoustakis' Motherhood and the Other: Fashioning Female Power in Flavian Epic (2010), for example, devotes attention to Roman and non-Roman women in Silius' Punica. Clearly one promising avenue for future research on gender and identity must consider non-Roman female figures.

 

 


We solicit papers from literary scholars, historians, art historians, archeologists, and other students of material culture to explore questions of feminine identity related to non-Roman female figures in the Roman Empire. What perceptions of non-Roman womanhood are visible in our sources? Do the sources tell us anything about how Romans perceive non-Roman women? In what way does Punic/African Dido differ from the elegiac mistress? What significant power relationships emerge when we devote our attention to non-Roman queens in Roman sources? How is our modern reception of such female figures shaped by film and other media? The questions are by no means limited to the ones proposed. We welcome papers from a variety of theoretical approaches.

Abstracts of 500 to 800 words, suitable for a 15-20 minute presentation, should be sent as an email attachment (PDF) to: Amy Pistone, Cette adresse email est protégée contre les robots des spammeurs, vous devez activer Javascript pour la voir. . You may also send submissions by regular mail to: Amy Pistone, University of Michigan, Classical Studies, 435 South State Street, 2160 Angell Hall, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48109, USA.
All abstracts will be judged anonymously. Please do not identify yourself in any way in the abstract itself. Please follow the formatting guidelines for individual abstracts that appear on the APA website. All proposals must be received by February 1, 2013.

 

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