Postclassicisms: Literary Secondariness in Antiquity and Beyond (GSAS Workshop)

This workshop seeks to interrogate the concept of the "post-classical" as it is articulated in literature from antiquity to the present day, combining two fields of literary study that have only recently been studied side by side.

The first of these disciplines deals with questions of intertextuality in the literature of ancient Greece and Rome. It is a commonplace of classical studies that one of the principal ways in which ancient texts generate meaning is through engagement with other works of literature. Our main purpose with this line of inquiry is to explore the diversity of modes which such engagement takes in antiquity, reconsidering the definition and applicability of terms like allusion, translation, and epitomization to specific texts. Through the consideration of select "classical" texts such as Homer’s epics, Athenian tragedy or Cicero’s speeches, alongside the texts that were instrumental in asserting the status of these texts as "classical," we aim to investigate how the process of canonization and related perceptions of originality and secondariness were formulated in different ancient contexts. The other area of research which traditionally engages with the notion of the "post-classical" is what is broadly termed reception studies. In literature, classical reception considers the ways in which texts from about 500 CE up to the present day "receive," that is, react to, ancient texts. As in the first line of inquiry we here aim to consider the various forms that such intertextual relationships between ancient and modern texts have taken. We are especially interested in comparing the rhetorical strategies that modern authors employ to signal their continuation with and divergence from ancient models, on the one hand, with ancient practices of imitatio and aemulatio, on the other. Specific topics to be addressed may include: the change in the perception and valuation of originality over time; the practice and purpose of different types of translation; the continuation, or otherwise, of generic modes between antiquity and modernity.

New Approaches to Ancient Evidence (Mahindra Humanities Center Interdisciplinary Graduate Workshop)

This workshop is intended to foster discussion between students of all disciplines whose work relates to Greek and Roman antiquity. Discussion will focus upon theoretical frameworks whose promise extends to a broad variety of research projects incorporating literary, epigraphic, archaeological, and/or numismatic evidence from the ancient Mediterranean.

Classical Traditions (Mahindra Humanities Center Seminar)

This seminar investigates the reception, elaboration, and revaluation of ancient and classical traditions from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to modernity and postmodernity. To this end, it welcomes a variety of theoretical approaches and innovations, including philological research, hermeneutics and poetics, and cultural criticism.

Civilizations of Ancient Greece and Rome (Mahindra Humanities Center Seminar)

Through consideration of topics reflecting the entire range of Classical studies, papers and discussions in this seminar will examine Greek and Roman literature, philology, history, religion, archaeology, and philosophy; the application of literary and cultural theory to classical texts; and various other aspects of classical literature and culture, including its reception by and intersections with other related fields.