Events Series: Sing in me, Muse: The Classical, the Critical, and the Creative

A Series of talks, workshops, readings, discussions on the social, political and cultural relevance of the classics to our times.

Convened by Isobel Hurst and Lucia Boldrini

Calliope, Muse of Epic Poetry. Source: New York Public Library, https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/


This series of Classical Reception Studies events, starting in Autumn 2022, will bring together scholars and students from a variety of disciplines with creative writers and other artists, to examine how the literary and material cultures of ancient Greece, the Near East and Rome have been adapted and rewritten at later times and other places.

The series will include talks, readings by creative writers, critical and creative workshops, and roundtable discussions.

In response to Marina Warner’s forthcoming CCL Annual LectureViral Spiral: Multiple Shape-shifting from Ovid to Covid‘, in Autumn 2022 we will explore the shape-shifting of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, looking at the ways in which writers honour Ovid’s epic endeavour – ‘to spin a continuous song from the first origins of the world to my own time’ – by extending the poem’s reach to the present day, revisiting it to understand, critique and challenge their present circumstances.

As well as workshops and readings with staff and students on this topic, we are excited to host Maltese poet Abigail Ardelle Zammit, who will read from her work and talk about her #wearedaphne project, which retells, through erasures of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, the assassination of Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia

In Spring 2023, alongside our workshop, which we plan to focus on ancient Greek texts, we look forward to Michael Simpson and Barbara Goff‘s talk ‘Votes for Medea: The British women’s suffrage movement and the classical franchise’.

More delights will be announced in due course – keep an eye on our website!

 

You may also be interested in our short courses on contemporary retellings of Greek myths, focusing on Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey

 

The Organisers

Isobel Hurst’s research examines the reception of Greek and Latin literature in English, looking at the connection between classical education and authorship and women writers’ creative engagement with the classical tradition. She is the author of Victorian Women Writers and the Classics: The Feminine of Homer (2006) and has published essays in the Oxford Handbook of Victorian Poetry (2013) and the Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature (2015). Her work on contemporary women writers and the classics appears in Living Classics: Greece and Rome in Contemporary Poetry in English (2009), the Classical Receptions Journal and Homer’s Daughters: Women’s Responses to Homer in the Twentieth Century and Beyond (2019).

Lucia Boldrini is Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Director of the CCL. Her research interests include fictional biography and autobiography; Joyce, Dante and modernist medievalism; comparative literature; and literature on and from the Mediterranean area. Among her books: Autobiographies of Others: Historical Subjects and Literary Fiction (Routledge, 2012); Joyce, Dante, and the Poetics of Literary Relations (CUP, 2001); and as editor, Experiments in Life-Writing: Intersections of Auto/Biography and Fiction, with Julia Novak (Palgrave, 2017). She is a member of the Academia Europaea, and currently serves as Vice-President of the International Comparative Literature Association.