STATIUS QUO: A Reading Workshop
Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Princeton University, Dickinson Hall 211
STATIUS QUO: A Reading Workshop, brings together classicists, medievalists, and early modernists to engage in collective work and play on a series of texts that share an engagement with the poetry of Statius.
In the Spring of 2013, Princeton’s Classical Literature Workshop convened faculty and graduate students for weekly readings and discussions of Statius’ Thebaid . STATIUS QUO is a forum for the the expansion of this kind of work into the exciting space of cross-disciplinary reading. Statius’ vitality in the middle ages, and the curious history and fizzle of his heritage in the early modern period, make his works an ideal sandbox in which to begin the long-term and large-scale collaboration that will help us gain the “citizenship in every period from Homer to Goethe” that was, for Ernst Robert Curtius, the key to seeing “European literature as a whole.”
In this spirit, STATIUS QUO has invited leading and rising scholars to guide us through critical sessions on pre-circulated texts of their choosing, all with a relationship to the works of Statius. Our presenters will be Anthony Grafton, Rita Copeland (Penn), Simone Marchesi, Valery Berlincourt (Geneva), Leah Whittington (Harvard), and Leah Klement.
Paper-based conferences are clearly important to collective scholarly growth. But equally important, and more easily overlooked, are shared scenes of interpretation, the collective reading experiences we foster so well inside of our disciplines, less frequently between them. Interdisciplinary work has to happen all the way down—the exchange of finished products of thought is good, but we need to have the collective play and exchange of thinking itself.
We are grateful for the support of the Princeton Council of the Humanities, and to the Department of Classics.
Constanze Güthenke and Aaron Kachuck
Because this is a Reading Workshop, pre-circulation and preliminary study of texts is essential. Each presenter has pre-prepared the materials (in PDF format) that they will be guiding us and discussion through, together with translations and brief notes. Please take a look at them in advance of our Workshop. Check back as more texts go up.
Schedule of Events
9:30-10:00 Arriving and Welcoming Remarks by Conveners
10:00-11:45 Session 1 — Simone Marchesi (Dante); Leah Whittington (Chaucer and Spenser)
11:45-12:45 Lunch in Dickinson 210
12:45-2:30 Session 2 — Rita Copeland (Super Thebaiden) and Leah Klement (Togail na Tebe)
2:30-3:00 Coffee Break in Dickinson 210
3:00-4:45 Session 3 — Anthony Grafton (Poliziano) and Valery Berlincourt (Barth)
4:45-5:00 Concluding Remarks by Conveners
5:00-6:00 Reception in Dickinson 210
For questions, please be in touch with Aaron Kachuck at firstname.lastname@example.org.