F13 Ancient Greek Poetry & Poetics: Interactions Between Theory & Practice 21/09/2017
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We aim to address a broad chronological scope, ranging from Homer and Hesiod up until the Imperial period. We apply the terms ‘poetics’ and ‘criticism’ with some latitude: for our purposes, it may encompass any ancient ideas, theories or attitudes that concern the nature and value of poets and poetry, as well as the interpretation of poetry. Considerable attention will be paid to the most explicitly relevant primary sources – such as Plato and Aristotle, rhetorical treatises, ancient scholia, Philodemus, Dionysius and Longinus; but we will also consider the poets themselves as critics.
Our intended focus is both on the compositional methods of the ancient poets, and on the ways in which their work was received by its earliest audiences. It is hoped that the broad generic and chronological scope will enable us to draw robust diachronic conclusions about the relationship between poetry and criticism in the ancient Greek tradition, that will elucidate the origins of modern attitudes towards the relationship between the two, and will enrich our reading of ancient poetry. The conference will also examine how the relationship between poetic practice and poetic theory was perceived in different periods and contexts.
The conference will be held at University College, London, on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 September 2017.
The conference dinner will take place at a local restaurant on the evening of Thursday 21st September. If you wish to attend, at a cost of £40, please notify Tom Mackenzie at email@example.com. This is not necessary for speakers at the conference.