113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Ancient-Modern Relations

Session Chair: 
Krissy A. Ionta, Independent Scholar
Session 6: Saturday 8:30-10:00am
Winery (PMCC)


  1. Berit Elvejord, Western Washington University
    This paper investigates the methods of translation in queer Victorian literature. Collaborating under the penname Michael Field, Katherine Bradley and Emma Cooper translate fragments of Sappho in their collection of poems Long Ago. Using Greek fragments as titles, Field’s poems translate Sappho into English and highlight shared experiences of same-sex desire. The co-author arrangement between Bradley, Cooper and Sappho, allows Field to cooperatively reinterpret Sappho as an object of history and provide her modern subjectivity.
  2. Jon Solomon, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
    Because Hercules cannot be copyrighted, his character and labors can proliferate in film (four different Hercules DVDs in 2014) more easily than modern heroic creations (Gladiator’s Maximus). Other ancient cinematic heroes (Achilles, Spartacus, Leonidas) are confined to a specific narratives, while Hercules also addresses the younger demographics (Percy Jackson).
  3. Susan Shapiro, Utah State University
    A "civilized" man journeys to a frightening natural environment where he is driven insane.  This plot describes poem 63 by the Roman poet, Catullus (84-54 BCE), and the short story, "A Distant Episode," by the American expatriate, Paul Bowles (1910-1999).  The uncanny correspondences between these two works illuminate both of them.
  4. Leonard Koff, University of California, Los Angeles
      The idea of no-time, where there need not be perceived changes in existents for time to exist, an idea of time that Aristotle implicitly points to, is examined in Georges Perec’s postmodern masterpiece, Life:  A User’s Manual, where time is not so much a what (as in the question “what is time?”) as a how, an answer to the question about how to organize historical experience and model events. Perec’s narrative describes all-time and all-place as markers of no-time in non-places.
Session Cancelled: