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Call for papers: Greek iambus and elegy

UCL, 12th and 13th July 2012

The study of Greek elegy and iambus has been transformed in recent years by new papyrological finds, most notably the new Simonides elegy in 1992 and the new Archilochus elegy in 2005, while scholarship on early Greek poetry has made significant methodological advances over recent decades. Yet iambus and elegy have historically been sidelined as the lesser cousins of Greek lyric, while the impact of papyrological discoveries has not always been made apparent to those without the technical expertise to work directly on the texts.

We therefore propose to hold a conference dedicated to Greek iambus and elegy at UCL on 12th and 13th July 2012. The aim of the conference is to foreground iambus and elegy as poetic forms in their own right.

The main focus of the conference will be on archaic Greek elegy and iambus and we welcome abstracts on any aspect of these topics. There will also be scope for a smaller number of papers which explore the later transmission and reception of iambus and elegy, or which deal with intertexts in other genres.

Please send abstracts (of no more than 250 words) to iambusandelegy@gmail.com by 15th December 2011.

For further information about the conference, please contact Laura Swift (l.swift@ucl.ac.uk)