CFP: Ad mea tempora: Ovid in Ovidian Times

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Ovid in Ovidian Times
A graduate-student colloquium
Saturday, March 9th, 2013
Warburg Institute, London

It is by now a critical commonplace to observe that the last 30 years have
seen a dramatic reversal in Ovid’s critical fortunes. From a maligned
harbinger of Silver Latin, Ovid has moved to the centre of Latin literary
criticism and classical reception studies. This critical reappraisal can, of
course, be understood as a reversion to a periodic historical norm, with
Ovid returning to the high esteem in which he was held for much of the
Middle Ages and Renaissance. At the same time, the recent Ovidian revival
seems to follow, almost inevitably, from contemporary cultural conditions:
Ovid’s irony and wit, the kaleidoscopically intertextual texture of his
poetry. his fascination with change, and his continual juxtapositions of sex
and politics are all highly congenial to the interests and aesthetics of
modern and postmodern literary and intellectual culture. The turn of the
twenty-first century, then, has not only been a good moment for Ovid, but
also a very Ovidian moment.
But what does it mean to describe a period, genre or work as Ovidian? This
one-day graduate colloquium – a pendant to the Warburg Institute and
Institute for Classical Study’s The Afterlife of Ovid
(– aims to
bring together graduate students working on Ovid and his reception to
explore and discuss the nature and boundaries of the Ovidian. Do different
readers of Ovid invariably create their own versions of the poet, or can the
Ovidian be understood as a transhistorical aesthetic category? Do literary
and critical contexts in which Ovid holds a prominent position – including,
but not limited to, the present moment, late 16th century England, and the
latter half of the Augustan principate – share distinguishing cultural and
aesthetic conditions? What are the relations between the Ovidian, the
Augustan, the Classical?
We welcome submissions from graduate students working on the afterlife of
Ovid in all periods and in all media. Papers that seek to understand the
Ovidian inheritance in terms broader than those supposed by source and
intertextual criticism, as well as theoretical considerations of Ovidianism
and reception studies, are also very welcome. Please submit a 300-350 word
abstract for a 20 minute presentation to admeatempora AT by January
1st. Please include your abstract as an attachment, with the title as the
file name, but without your name anywhere on the document or in the title.
And please include the title of your work in the body or subject of your
email. Please do be in touch if you have any questions.

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