115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Classics (Reception)

Session Chair: 
Ellen Finkelpearl, Scripps College
Session 1: Friday 8:15 – 9:45 am
Ching 253


  1. Jesse Weiner, Hamilton College
    I trace a system of allusion to the mythological figure of Ixion in T. S. Eliot's The Family Renuion (1939), a reworking of Aeschylus' Eumenides. This allusion, I argue, is crucial for understanding the play's mystifying patterns of sin, guilt-transmission, and expiation.
  2. Lisa B. Hughes, Colorado College
    This paper examines how Greece exists in the romantic comedy imaginary from antiquity until now, by reading films of what I identify as The Blue World Cycle.  These romcoms respond to the perceived death of the genre after the sexual revolution and the women’s movements of the 70s, by a return to the magic and ritual of the past, and include Mazursky’s Tempest (1982), Kleiser’s Summer Lovers (1982), Lloyd’s Mamma Mia! (2008) and Linklater’s Before Midnight (2013).  
  3. Ellen Finkelpearl, Scripps College
    Are the arts the exclusive province of humans? Several Imperial Greek and Latin works feature animals creating and responding to music, dance, and visual art. The Elder Pliny’s description of the nightingale’s song at NH 10.81-84 tacitly challenges dominant philosophical paradigms, while corresponding with emerging contemporary concepts on animal musics.
Session Cancelled: