114th Annual Conference - Pasadena, California
Friday, November 11 - Sunday, November 13, 2016

Classics (Reception)

Session Chair: 
Ellen Finkelpearl, Scripps College
Los Robles


  1. Nektaria Klapaki, University of Washington
    The paper draws on recent scholarship on the return of the pagan gods in British Aestheticism and on secularization theory to discuss the reception of divine epiphany by Cavafy.  Focusing on the intertextual dialogues between Cavafy’s epiphanies and select epiphanies of Pater and Wilde, the paper examines the implications of their revival for the historical process of secularization. 
  2. Samuel Cooper, Independent Scholar
    This paper offers a new approach to the old question of the relation between Aristophanes’ Birds and Athenian imperial ideology by reading Birds as an “epic of technical world-construction” and comparing it to Kim Stanley Robinson’s Red Mars
  3. CJ Armstrong, Concordia University Irvine
    Hieronymus Bosch’s tabletop painting of The Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things (c. 1500 CE) reinscribes for the late medieval Christian viewer the ecphrasis of divine vindication illustrated in Minerva’s tapestry in Ovid, Metamorphoses 6, both arguing for and problematizing the culpability of the sinners in each depiction.
  4. Diana Shaffer, Independent Scholar
    The proposed paper analyzes Ovid’s rhetorical use of ekphrasis to represent rape, and then compares the Latin poem to the European painting Las Hilenderas by Velasquez, which problematizes the categories of gender and genre, myth and history, and textual and tactile representation. 
Session Cancelled: