[MGSA-L] Classics and Reception at Brown

Amanatidou, Elissavet elsa_amanatidou at brown.edu
Wed Oct 19 07:13:33 PDT 2011

The following is a call for papers for an American Comparative
Literature Association (ACLA) seminar titled "'Preservation Amid the
Ruins of Time': Classics and Its Modern Contexts of Reception."

This year's American Comparative Literature Association conference
will be held at Brown University from March 29-April 1, 2012.

Paper proposals of 250 words or less are due by November 15, 2011.
Further information can be found at this web address: http://www.acla.org.


“Preservation Amid the Ruins of Time”: Classics and Its Modern
Contexts of Reception

Seminar Organizer(s):
Gregory Baker (Brown University), Philip Walsh (Washington College)

In Wahrheit und Methode (1960), Hans-Georg Gadamer asserted that the
‘classical’ “epitomizes a general characteristic of historical being:
preservation amid the ruins of time.” Central to Gadamer’s notion of
the classical was his belief that the persistent examination of Greek
and Roman antiquity had made the modern use of classical literature
intrinsically self-critical.  From the Renaissance onwards, the desire
to analyze the ancient world had cemented an understanding of the
classical as that which had been “raised above the vicissitudes of
changing times and changing tastes.”  Self-criticism in the reception
of antiquity forged in the very definition of the term, ‘classical’,
“something enduring…a kind of timeless present that is contemporaneous
with every other present.”

In this seminar, we invite participants to consider how the “timeless
present” of classical antiquity has acted upon modern literature and
history.  Is it true, as Gadamer claimed, that the ruins of Greece and
Rome remain a force in “every other present”?  Or has the classical
been irrevocably undermined in the early twenty-first century?  Since
the Renaissance, which aspects of the literary, religious and
political imagination have the classics penetrated?  For what
stylistic and philosophical ends has Greek and Roman literature been
employed or abused?  When has the appeal to antiquity strengthened—or
perhaps revoked—contemporary claims?  We welcome abstracts that deal
with the theory of classical reception, those that explore case
studies in reception history, and those which examine the place of
classics in the current crisis facing the liberal arts.

Further information for this ACLA seminar can be found here:
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