Thirteenth Annual Graduate Student Colloquium, Charlottesville, Virginia, Saturday, March 14, 2009.
The Classics Graduate Student Association of the University of Virginia announces its Thirteenth Annual Graduate Student Colloquium, to be held in Charlottesville on March 14, 2009. Shadi Bartsch, W. Duncan MacMillan II Professor of Classics at Brown University, will deliver a keynote address entitled "Metaphors and Motivation: Stoicism for Seneca's Roman Readers."
The purpose of this colloquium is to investigate how the form of the letter developed in antiquity, what limitations and expectations marked the epistolary form, and why the letter became a viable artistic medium in its own right.
Potential topics include actual correspondence, such as documentary papyri, imperial edicts, and letters of historical figures; letters as a literary genre, such as poetic, philosophical, and apostolic epistles; the role of letters in other literary works, such as epic poetry, tragedy, and history. What is the difference between public and private letters? To what extent is a private letter truly private? What does the publication of letters say about the writer's agenda? How do we explain the production of spurious letters? What is the difference between the addressee and the audience of a letter? How does the medium of the letter influence the message conveyed?
Any questions may be addressed to colloquium organizers Rachel Bruzzone (rmb9p at virginia.edu) or Georgia Sermamoglou-Soulmaidi (gs2g at virginia.edu).