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The Body of Work: Corporeal Depictions of the Verbal Arts in Greek Literary Criticism and Material Culture

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, November 19, 2019. 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Meeting Location: 
Humanities Center Boardroom
Workshop: 
Working Group in Literary & Visual Culture
Meeting Description: 

In idiomatic English one might mention an author’s corpus or “body of work” as a means of signifying a distinctive, demarcated collection of literature. A related idea existed in ancient Greece, and expresses important information about how the verbal arts were conceptualized in ancient Greek cultures. Alyson Melzer will discuss examples of ancient Greek literature and sculpture that portray the verbal arts and literary style in corporeal form. An analysis of these particular case studies reveals one part of a broader cultural program that theorizes literature by means of the body – a program which ripples out into many areas of ancient Greek literature and persists today.

Alyson Melzer is a PhD candidate in the Classics Department, with respondent Hannah Smith-Drelich, PhD candidate in English.

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