Classics & Ancient History work in progress seminar
|Starts:||16:55 18 May 2016|
|Ends:||18:00 18 May 2016|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Arts, Languages and Cultures|
|Who is it for:||University staff|
You are all warmly invited to the thirteenth meeting of this semester’s Classics & Ancient History departmental research seminar this coming Wednesday (18 May). The seminar starts at 4.55pm *in Samuel Alexander A.7*.
The speaker this week is Alison Sharrock, who will be speaking on “Interpretation and the Metaphor of Authority: where does meaning lie in the process of reading an ancient text?”. She has kindly provided the following abstract:
“This paper is the one I would have liked to have tried out on people back in March, but hadn't got far enough with it. I will be giving it as the Don Fowler Memorial lecture this Thursday, while its eventual home is as the basis for a chapter in Gibson and Whitton, The Cambridge Critical Guide to Latin Studies. The editors are generously allowing contributors 20,000 words, with the challenge to say something new rather than just an account of existing practice. The main issue with which I am concerned is an important one in all literary study, and one which is perennial, despite the ebb and flow of different critical approaches. What is it that we think we are doing when we interpret an ancient text? Is our goal to reconstruct the intention of the original author? Or the likely responses of first (and first-time) readers? Or is any "reading" as valid as any other? What are the constraints which should – and do – control our reading?”
Those attending are invited to join the speaker after the paper for drinks in the departmental library, which will be followed by dinner at a local restaurant.
Role: Professor of Classics
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Samuel Alexander Building