CFP: Calpurnius Flaccus’ Declamations

Seen on the Classicists’ list:

PARIS, FEBRUARY 13-14th 2014

Speakers include:
Michael Winterbottom, Oxford
Christopher van den Berg, Amherst
Lewis Sussman, Florida
Catherine Schneider, Strasbourg
Andra Balbo, Torino
Danielle Van Mal-Maeder, Lausanne
as well as
Sylvie Franchet d’Espèrey, Paris IV (as chairs)

Abstracts of no more than 300 words for 30 min papers in English or
French should be sent to :
roman.declamation AT

by the deadline of 30th May 2013.


Recently scholars have lavished their attention on controversiae and suasoriae and have allowed
these genres to leave their corners of neglect. Naturally, when placed into its socio-historical
context the body of declamations that has come
down to us (Seneca the Elder, Ps.-Quintilian and Calpurnius Flaccus) echoes its cultural, social and
literary background. These texts are not independent and have to be read within their contexts,
but at the same time they also constitute a genre on their own, the rhetorical and literary
framework of which remains not yet fully explored. What are the poetics of declamatio?

As a genre situated at the cross-road of rhetoric and fiction, declamatio offers a kind of freedom
and ability to experiment new forms of discourse, and calls for both a technical and literary
analysis. If one places the literariness of declamatio into the spotlight, it becomes possible to study
it as a realm of genuine literary creation with its own theoretical underpinning – rather than simply
reading it as a gratuitous practice mimicking the practice of real

For this project, we are holding three events, focussing on one author at a time (Seneca the Elder
2012, Montpellier; Quintilian 2013, Sao Paulo). This call of papers is for the final event in the series
concentrating on the oeuvre of Calpurnius Flaccus.

Organising committee:
Martin Dinter (KCL and University of Sao Paulo (FAPESP))
Charles Guerin (Monpellier and Institut universitaire de France)
Marcos Martinho (University of Sao Paulo)

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