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《研究議題》「尋求記憶」:下至古典冥界 'A Quest for Remembrance': The Descent into the Classical Underworld

Findings and Approaches
Poster:Post date:2016-11-26
  台灣西洋古典、中世紀暨文藝復興學會
Taiwan Association of Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies
研究議題
Findings and Approaches
 
主題 Topic 'A Quest for Remembrance': The Descent into the Classical Underworld
「尋求記憶」:下至古典冥界
代表作品Title
 
 
作者 Author  
出版社Publisher  
出版年 Year 2017
語言Language English
裝訂Binding □ 平裝 Paperback    □ 精裝 Hardcover
頁數 Pages  
ISBN 
(10 / 13)
 
Bibliography Reference
 
 (STC, Duff, GW . . .)
來源網址Web Link http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/english/research/conferences/questforremembrance
撰稿者Writer 郭如蘋
撰寫日期Date Oct. 26, 2016
A. 簡介 Introduction (within 500 words, Chinese or English)
    Katabasis,下至地獄,是一個常見的文類,最早的例子追溯到古典時期的作品,如美索不達米亞、古希臘和羅馬的史詩。自從費柯納(Rachel Falconer)《當代文學的地獄》(2007)產生影響力後,下至地獄已經成為流行研究的一環。特別是在20世紀,下至地獄已經與許多不同的藝術形式結合,如沃爾科特(Derek Walcott)的史詩,博蘭(Eavan Boland)的詩歌和比登(Romare Bearden)的畫作。這次會議旨在提供一個跨學科的觀點,了解katabasis的潛在用途及其與記憶的關係,方法論囊括了文學、哲學、歷史、古典文學和藝術史等。近年來,愈來愈多的學者認知到記憶在分析下至地獄的古代敘事及其改編中的結構和主題的重要性。在會議期間,我們也邀請學者討論記憶在古代作品中的各種角色,並嘗試回應這些角色如何與為何會被後來的重新敘述所改編。一個關鍵的目標即是重新評估費柯納宣稱下至地獄的敘事是一個內在即含有「記憶」的文類。
 
[Original CFP]
Katabasis, the descent into the underworld, is an often literary genre whose earliest examples go back to classical antiquity, including the epics of Mesopotamia, ancient Greece and Rome. Since Rachel Falconer's influential Hell in Contemporary Literature (2007), examining katabatic themes has become a popular strand of research. However, particularly in the 20th century, the descent to the underworld has been engaged with in a number of different art forms, such as the epic of Derek Walcott, the poetry of Eavan Boland, and the paintings of Romare Bearden. This conference aims to provide an interdisciplinary perspective on the potential uses of katabasis and its relationship to memory, encapsulating methodological approaches from departments as varied as Literature, Philosophy, History, Classics, and History of Art. Within recent years, more and more scholars have recognised the importance of memory for analysing the structures and themes in both ancient descent narratives and their adaptations. During the conference, the discussions will thus revolve around the various roles of memory in ancient katabatic tales and answer the question of how and why these roles are adapted in later re-tellings of those narratives. Therein, a pivotal aim is to re-evaluate Rachel Falconer's claim that the descent narrative is an inherently 'memorious' genre.
As a further outcome of the conference, I wish to submit a book proposal for an edited volume on katabasis with articles that provide an interdisciplinary perspective on the overlapping concerns of classical reception and memory studies in the reception of ancient tropes. This publication will be one of the first to recognise this overlap in methodological concerns and to initiate a discussion from a variety of departments on the potential of considering classical themes and tropes for the analysis of memory, as well as the potential of memory studies for the analysis of classical reception. 
 
Keynote speaker: Professor Edith Hall, King's College London
 
We invite abstracts of up to 250 words, plus a brief biography, for papers of no more than 20 minutes or panels of three associated papers. Submissions can cover but are not limited to the following themes:
Katabasis and Literature
Katabasis in the poetry of Wilfred Owen
Katabasis in Derek Walcott's Omeros
Katabasis in T.S. Eliot's “Wasteland”
The Classical Underworld in Dante's Inferno
The Classical Underworld in Milton's Paradise Lost 
Katabasis and Art
The Classical Underworld in the paintings of Romare Bearden
Depictions of the Classical Underworld in Romantic Paintings
Katabasis and Film
Katabasis in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey
Katabasis in Marcel Camus' Black Orpheus
Katabasis in Disney's Hercules
Katabasis and Video Games
Underworld References in Hidetaka Miyazaki's Dark Souls
The Classical Underworld in Jonathan Knight and Stephen Barry's Dante's Inferno
The Classical Underworld in David Jaffe's God of War Series
Postcolonial uses of Descent Narratives
Descent Narratives in the Caribbean
Descent Narratives in Ireland
Descent Narratives in South Africa
The Reception of specific katabatic narratives 
The Reception of Odyssey XI
The Reception of Aeneid VI
The Reception of Plato's Myth of Er
The Reception of the Orpheus Myth
Katabasis and War
Katabasis and Traumatic Memory
The Battleground as Underworld Metaphor
Katabasis and World War I/II
- Metaphors of Descent Narratives in historical narratives
- Metaphors of Descent Narratives in philosophical texts (i.e., Plato's Replublic
- Theoretical overlaps: Memory Studies and Classical Reception
 
B. 延伸閱讀 Extended Reading 

  
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