112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Ancient-Modern Relations II

Session Chair: 
Krissy A. Ionta, Independent Scholar
Session 4: Friday 3:45-5:15pm
RCC Meeting Room 5


  1. Alice Boone, Columbia University
    A vivid account of Ancient and Modern partisanship, Jonathan Swift's Battel of the Books is also full of sounds--voices, vortices, shuffling papers, and more. I discuss the Ancients-Moderns debate as a contest about mediation, where din stands for for gluts of information, where distinctions among combatants become confused in the melee, where Swift's abstractions become hyper-sensory. I also discuss how the debate maps onto contemporary interests and concerns about digital humanities scholarship.
  2. R. Eric Tippin, Kansas State University
    T.S. Eliot says that Rudyard Kipling “knew something of the things which are underneath.” Eliot may be recognizing the fact that Kipling, by representing the physical world so exactly in his writing, hints at the spiritual world. Paradoxically, Kipling is so materialistic he becomes metaphysical. In the platonic tradition, Kipling describes the shadows in “the cave” so minutely they take on the spiritual qualities of the “true” world of forms.
  3. Zina Giannopoulou, University of California, Irvine
    I read Philip Roth's Nemesis as a synthetic reworking of Oedipus Rex and Oedipus at Colonus. My reading showcases Roth's abiding interest in doubles and his indebtedness to Sophocles' plays for the writing of a modern tale of crime and punishment.
  4. Sonia Mehrmand, University of California, Riverside
    The study of social memory is not purely a historical or anthropological endeavor. Archaeology can provide a considerable amount of evidence about how and why people remembered. The Colosseum will be studied during the time it was constructed, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Victorian era, and Facist Italy. In illustrating the fluidity of historic interpretations, I argue that UNESCO’s endeavor to codify them with the concept of World Heritage Sites is problematic because of their subjectivity to modern agendas. 
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