The influence and impact of Post-Augustan Latin epic

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The influence and impact of Post-Augustan Latin epic (Lucan, Valerius Flaccus, Statius and Silius Italicus)

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Date limite : 20 novembre 2009


In recent years there has been a massive resurgence of interest in the Latin epic poets writing in the late first century AD. Lucan's Civil War, Valerius Flaccus' Argonautica, Statius' Thebaid and Achilleid and Silius Italicus' Punica were very little read in the early twentieth century. They formed a little known corner of literary history, a chamber of horrors both literal and poetic, the definition of ‘bad poetry'. This estimation, however, has not always held sway: Claudian greatly admired Statius; Dante made him an important character in the Divine Comedy; the Thebaid was translated into medieval Irish; the rediscovery of Silius in the fifteenth century caused great excitement among Renaissance humanists; Lucan inspired radical poets down the ages. Even now the radical scholarly reassessment is starting to have an impact outside academia: Valerius Flaccus is gaining new-found notoriety as a heart-throb in Caroline Lawrence's Roman mysteries. This conference aims to bring together specialists from different disciplines to explore the reception of Post-Augustan epic in different contexts, periods, media and locations. Through this, we will demonstrate the radical contingency of literary evaluation, and investigate the impact of Classical epic on different times and cultures.

Speakers will include: Emma Buckley (St. Andrews); Suzanne Hagedorn (William and Mary College); Frances Muecke (Sydney); Carole Newlands (Colorado); Ruth Parkes (Oxford); David Quint (Yale); Andrew Zissos (University of California, Irvine).

Please send brief abstracts (not more than 400 words) on any aspect of the reception of one or more of Lucan, Valerius Flaccus, Statius and Silius Italicus to Cette adresse email est protégée contre les robots des spammeurs, vous devez activer Javascript pour la voir. by November 20 2009.

Lieu de la manifestation : University of Nottingham, July 12-14 2010

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