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Classical Receptions Colloquium: Graduate student presentations on "Approaches to Classical Reception Studies"

Professor Joshua Billings (Classics, Princeton), keynote speaker

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Joshua Billings studied Classics, German, and Comparative Literature at Harvard and Oxford. Before arriving at Princeton in 2015, he held a research fellowship at Cambridge, and taught at Yale for three years.

His research focuses on ancient Greek literature and philosophy and modern intellectual history, with a particular concentration on tragedy. After a first book on modern conceptions of tragedy and the tragic (Genealogy of the Tragic: Greek Tragedy and German Philosophy, Princeton 2014), he is now working on fifth-century (BCE) drama and intellectual culture. The project is provisionally entitled “Enlightenment on Stage” and it focuses on drama’s presentation of mythical figures as a reflection of the so-called “Attic Enlightenment.” Dramatic and (broadly) philosophical texts alike, he argues, use the stories of myth to explore common conceptual issues; unfolding this entails a method that recognizes the distinctive significance that myth has for thought in fifth-century culture.

Colloquium Schedule

10 am, Session 1: Embodying Classical Reception

1. Yopie Prins, U-M Professor of Comparative Literature
Welcome and introductions

2. Lauren Rudewicz, PhD student in English Literature
“Collaboration & Incorporation: Classical Receptions of and in Nineteenth-Century Museum Practice”

3. Francesca Schironi, U-M Professor of Classical Studies
“Dancing Myth: Martha Graham's 'Mythical’ Dances”

4. Amanda Kubic, PhD student in Comparative Literature
"The Mythic Pose as Liberatory Practice: A Presentation in Three Movements"

11:15 am, Session 2: Temporalities of Classical Reception

1. David Davison, PhD student in English Literature
“‘The Culture of an Age’: Walter Pater, Modernism, and Antiquity”

2.Marianna Hagler, PhD student in English Literature
“"as close as we could get": Elegiac Time in Anne Carson's Nox”

3. Talin Tahajian, MFA student
““Not a dirge”: “κάτοικτος”-ness, the Palladium, and Tragic Intertext”

12:15 pm, Lunch and discussion on publication

Informal Q&A with Professor Joshua Billings on how/when/where/why to publish new work in classical reception studies

1pm, Session 3: Classical Reception Pedagogies

1.Fernando Gorab Lemme, PhD student in Classical Studies
“Forward with Classics? Routes of Access to Classics and Different Classical Studies”

2.Alex Tarbet, PhD student in Classical Studies
“Parageography: The Study of Imaginary Worlds”

3.Grace Zanotti, PhD student in Comparative Literature
“Classical Resonances: A Syllabus on Greek Literature and Contemporary Political Problems”

2:15 pm, Session 4: New Directions in Classical Reception Studies

1.Basil Dufallo, U-M Professor of Classical Studies
“Collaborative Work on Reception at Michigan”

2.Joshua Billings, Princeton University

3. Concluding discussion
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