Autumn 2014 Schedule

September 17th, 2014

PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR MEETING TIME HAS CHANGED: Meetings are on Thursdays, 3:00 – 4:30, next to the Classics Cafe in CL 021 unless otherwise noted.

10.2 – Branden Kosch (Chicago, Classics) – “Isocrates’ answer to Plato’s criticism of writing”

10.16 – Christiane Veyrard-Cosme (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle) – “To write or to rewrite in Carolingian Latin Culture: the stakes of a narratological approach to Alcuin’s writings.” (Franke Institute in Regenstein Library)

10.23 (at 4:30pm) – Eric Downing (University of North Carolina) “Sympathy for the Real: Painting, Magic, and Stimmung in Gottfried Keller’s Der Grüne Heinrich” [Paper, to be read in advance, is available here.]

11.13 – Bart Van Wassenhove (Chicago, Classics) – “Truth and Advertising: On the So-Called ‘Failure of Stoic Rhetoric'”

12.4 – Emily Greenwood (Yale University) – “The Great War / Great Wars: Thucydides through WWI Memoirs”

Jeremy Brightbill Thursday, 29 May, 3:30 Classics 21

May 25th, 2014

The Rhetoric &Poetics Workshop is proud to present

Jeremy Brightbill (the University of Chicago)

The Scenarios of Roman Declamation

Thursday, 29 May, 3:30 Classics 21

A reception will follow. Persons with a disability who feel they may need assistance are asked to contact Kathy Fox (702-8514) in advance.
To view the schedule of R&P events in 2014-5, please visit:

http://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/rhetpoet/

Luke Parker Wednesday, 7 May, 4:30 Classics 21

May 4th, 2014

The Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy and Rhetoric & Poetics Workshops are proud to present

Luke Parker (the University of Chicago)

Text and Poetics in Heraclitus and Plato

Wednesday, 7 May, 4:30 Classics 21

A reception will follow. Persons with a disability who feel they may need assistance are asked to contact Kathy Fox (702-8514) in advance.
To view the schedule of upcoming Ancient Philosophy and R&P events, please visit:

http://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/rhetpoet/

https://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/agarp/

Damien Nelis Thursday, 1 May, 3:30 Classics 21

April 25th, 2014

The Rhetoric &Poetics Workshop is proud to present

Damien Nelis (Université de Genève)

Naming the World:History and Geography in Vergil’s Georgics

Thursday, 1 May, 3:30 Classics 21

In this talk I want to look first at some aspects of the handling of proper names in Vergil’s Georgics. This discussion will lead on to a study of time and space in the poem. Beginning with a close reading of the opening sections of book 1, I will attempt to show how Vergil there sets the scene and offers glimpses of the wider world in which agricultural labour takes place. I will go on to trace the ways in which the poem shifts between the general and the specific, as the reader is confronted with constructions of time and space that come to focus on Roman history and the place of Italy and Rome in the world. Overall, the aim is to investigate some of the ways in which the poem offers a universalizing vision, while both indulging in Hellenistic doctrina and commenting in a detailed way on contemporary Roman concerns.

A reception will follow. Persons with a disability who feel they may need assistance are asked to contact Kathy Fox (702-8514) in advance.
To view the schedule of upcoming R&P events, please visit:

http://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/rhetpoet/

Jacobo Myerston: Thursday, 24 April, 3:30 Classics 21

April 18th, 2014

The Rhetoric & Poetics Workshop is proud to present

Jacobo Myerston (UChicago)

Towards a Philology of Liberation: Reading Bolaño and the Classics

Thursday, 24 April, 3:30 Classics 21

A reception will follow. Persons with a disability who feel they may need assistance are asked to contact Kathy Fox (702-8514) in advance.
To view the schedule of upcoming R&P events, please visit:

http://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/rhetpoet/

Andrew Horne: Thursday 17th April 3:30 Classics 21

April 12th, 2014

The Rhetoric & Poetics Workshop is proud to present

Andrew Horne
(The University of Chicago)

Hypothêkai, or Giving Instructions in Archaic Hexameters

Commands in Hesiod’s Works and Days are not commonly distinguished from gnomes or general wisdom, but they should be treated separately. Hesiodic commands are a distinct style of poetry that appears elsewhere in the archaic hexameter. The paper identifies a poetic genre of hexametrical commands and argues that this is the genre of hypothêkai, or wisdom instructions. Previous treatments of hypothêkai have focused on subject matter; this paper offers a formal approach, which accounts for the ancient occurrences of “hypothêkai” considered generic by Friedländer (1913) and Kurke (1990), and also introduces new evidence with usages in the Homeric scholia. Hesiod’s Works and Days is the monumental instance of the genre; shorter examples appear in Homeric speeches, from a single command with some special forms around it, to thirty-line speeches that are miniature parainetic poems. Many oracles fall under the genre as well. After establishing the genre, the paper explores its characteristic forms. The paper aims primarily to make progress in the formal analysis of the Works and Days, but opens possibilities, not here explored, for interpretations of Homer and others.
Thursday, 17th of April, 3:30pm in Classics 21

A reception will follow. Persons with a disability who feel they may need assistance are asked to contact Kathy Fox (702-8514) in advance.
To view the schedule of upcoming R&P events, please visit:

http://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/rhetpoet/

Spring Quarter Schedule 2014

March 27th, 2014

Welcome to Spring Quarter 2014

Our current schedule for the Winter quarter follows.

17 April: Andrew Horne (UChicago)
Hypothêkai, or Giving Instructions in Archaic Hexameters.

24 April Jacobo Myerston (UChicago)
Towards a Philology of Liberation: Reading Bolaño and the Classics

1 May Damien Nelis (Université de Genève)
Naming the world: history and geography in Vergil’s Georgics

7 May (Wednesday), Luke Parker (UChicago)
Text and Poetics in Heraclitus and Plato

29 May: Jeremy Brightbill (UChicago)
The Scenarios of Roman Declamation

Updates on the schedule and room information will be available on our blog.

The Rhetoric and Poetics Workshop is concerned with the literature of classical Greece and Rome, considered either on its own terms or in relation to the literature and poetry of other cultures. It invites presentation of critical arguments completed or in progress from the broadest possible range of perspectives.

Faculty Sponsors:
Michele Lowrie
Sarah Nooter

Student Coordinator
Chiu, Yi-Chieh

Jonah Radding Thursday, 13th of March, 3:30pm in Classics 21

March 9th, 2014

The Rhetoric & Poetics Workshop is proud to present

Jonah Radding
(The University of Chicago)

The Paean in Euripides’ Ion: Songs for Athens and Ionia?

Thursday, 13th of March, 3:30pm in Classics 21

A reception will follow. Persons with a disability who feel they may need assistance are asked to contact Kathy Fox (702-8514) in advance.
To view the schedule of upcoming R&P events, please visit:

http://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/rhetpoet/

David Wray: Thursday, 6th of March, 3:30pm in Classics 21

March 2nd, 2014

The Ancient Philosophy and Rhetoric & Poetics Workshop are proud to present

David Wray (The University of Chicago)

Seneca’s Shame

Thursday, 6th of March, 3:30pm in Classics 21

A reception will follow. Persons with a disability who feel they may need assistance are asked to contact Kathy Fox (702-8514) in advance.
To view the schedule of upcoming Ancient Philosophy and R&P events, please visit:

http://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/agarp

http://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/rhetpoet/

Marcos Gouvea: Thursday, 27th of February, 3:30pm in Classics 21

February 23rd, 2014

The Rhetoric and Poetics Workshop is proud to present

Marcos Gouvea (The University of Chicago)
ut Homerus dicit:
invoking Homer to explain Vergil in Servius and Macrobius

Thursday, 27th of February, 3:30pm in Classics 21

A reception will follow. Persons with a disability who feel they may need assistance are asked to contact Kathy Fox (702-8514) in advance.
To view the schedule of upcoming R&P events, please visit:

http://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/rhetpoet/