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Literature as Performance, July 5-7, Athens, Greece

Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies and the Society for the Promotion of Education and Learning are co-organizing a three-day conference (July 5-7) devoted to “Literature As Performance.” The conference is in Athens (Arsakeio Megaro – Pesmatzoglou 5)

Dedicated to “Literature as Performance”, the conference will explore selected literary texts in the Greek language which were performed in a number of theatrical, liturgical or generally ritual contexts during the Greco-Roman, Byzantine, and Modern Greek periods.

Texts when studied as texts deprive us of insight into the qualities they possess if performed. Most texts were in fact composed to be performed rather than read (in the modern sense). Their successive performance (or ‘re-performance’) was integral to their reception. Hence the effort to place texts in the setting of their reception may restore qualities overlooked by scholarship limited to approaching works as written records.

The conference will be concerned with literature as performance with emphasis on two aspects: first, the method of composition of these ‘texts’, and second, their performative context (theatrical, liturgical or generally ritual) which arguably shaped the text itself. Specifically, the topic and category of the lament, which is abundantly represented in ancient Greek, Byzantine and Modern Greek literature and folk-song is selected. The aim is to explore themes, imagery and rhythmical patterns employed in laments, or lament elements embedded in other types of narrative.

Live broadcast schedule (Greek Time :: Convert to your time zone):
Friday, July 5, 9:30 – 14:00 and 15:30 – 19:00.
Saturday, July 6, 9:30 – 13:30 and 15:00 – 18:00.
Sunday July 7, 9:30 – 13:30 and 15:00 – 19:00

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