Bryn Mawr Classical Review 96.02.06


Latin Literature Conference announcement

A N N O U N C E M E N T

LITERARY HISTORY AND ITS DISCONTENTS: STUDIES IN THE READING OF LATIN LITERATURE

A Conference Sponsored by the UCLA Department of Classics and the Southern California Classics Resource Sharing Consortium

Saturday, March 9, 1996 History Department Conference Room 6275 Bunche Hall, UCLA

The traditional view of Roman literary history as a causally linked narrative of growth and decline has been seriously challenged by postmodern emphasis upon the subjectivity of such narration. How then can history claim any authority? Moreover, since the term 'literary' itself has fallen into disrepute, even disuse, as critics focus their attention upon cultural studies, the relationship between literary study and historical study has become subject to negotiation and reinterpretation.

The purpose of this conference is to examine some of the ideological positions underlying the writing of Roman literary history in the past and present. What assumptions have been involved in the construction of a Latin literary canon? How have writers come to make such assumptions? If literary history is seen as a site of struggle, discontinuity, and exclusion rather than a seamless teleoglogical narrative, is the writing of literary history possible?

There will be time for discussion after each paper, and audience participation is warmly encouraged.

Directions to the conference: From the north or south directions on the 405 (San Diego) Freeway, exit at Wilshire Blvd. East (toward Westwood), and continue on Wilshire until Westwood Blvd.; turn left. Turn right on Le Conte Avenue, continue until Hilgard Ave.; turn left. Enter the campus at Hilgard and Westholme Ave. and go to the information booth, where you can purchase a parking permit ($5.00). The attendant will tell you where to park and can provide a campus map.

Conference attendees can purchase lunch on campus at either North Campus Student Center or LuValle Commons, both located near Bunche Hall.

There will be a no-host dinner after the conference at a local restaurant at 6:00 p.m. The cost is $15.00 per person. If you would like to attend, please contact Jessamyn Lewis at (310) 825-4171 or via E-mail (jessamyn@ucla.edu).

SCHEDULE

9:30 a.m. Conference attendees are invited to gather for muffins and coffee in Bunche 6275.

10:00-12:00 FIRST SESSION

Introduction: Carole Newlands, UCLA

Pamela Bleisch, University of Georgia: "Illegitimate Fathers: Intertextuality and Literary History in Aeneid 7"

Amy Richlin, University of Southern California: "The Romans' Burden: Empire/Gender"

Ernst Schmidt, University of Tuebingen and UCLA: "Augustan Literature and the Concept of Classicism"

Respondent: Michael Haslam, UCLA

12:30 LUNCH

2:00-4:30 SECOND SESSION

Stephen Hinds, University of Washington: "Silver Narratives: Change and 'Decline': 'Secondary' Epic"

Alessandro Barchiesi, Harvard University: "La guerre de Troie n'aura pas lieu: Statius' Achilleid and the Programmatic Fallacy"

Sander Goldberg, UCLA: "Appreciating Aper: Conception and Misconception in Tacitus' Dialogus"

Respondent: William Fitzgerald, UCSD

*Conference attendees are invited to gather after the second session for refreshments and further conversation.