116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Ancient-Modern Relations I

Session Chair: 
Tim Watson, California State University, Northridge
Session 7: Sunday 8:15 am – 9:45 am
Miller Hall 231


  1. Jesse Weiner, Hamilton College
    This paper argues for sustained engagement with Promethean myth in Dan Simmons' Hyperion (1989), the first novel in the highly allusive Hyperion Cantos. As a figure emblematic of science fiction's concerns over moral ambiguities created in the wake of speculative science, Prometheus serves to introduce many of the central themes and stakes of the Cantos.
  2. Ellen Finkelpearl, Scripps College
    In what sense can a spider web be considered “art”? In this paper, I bring into conversation a descriptive passage from Philo of Alexandria’s De Animalibus (17-19) and a contemporary art installation by human artist Tomàs Saraceno, executed by spiders (Tanya Bonakdar Gallery 2015).
  3. Colin Flynn, San Francisco State University
    As Milton scholar David Quint says, “Book 3 [of Paradise Lost] structures itself around tropes and analogies based on an older cosmology that, simultaneously and paradoxically, its poetry skeptically hollows out and labels as mental idols.” This essay aims to unpack this claim and explore the ramifications of cosmos both “older” and “enlightened.”
  4. CJ Armstrong, Concordia University Irvine
    The maxim calumniare audacter, quoted but misattributed to Theognis in a 1587 document, raises the question of the saying’s ancient provenance, and its pertinence in characterizing theological debate in the 16th century. Comparison to Luther’s pecca fortiter (1521) underscores the proverb’s aptness throughout the modern period.
Session Cancelled: