Historia Proxima Poetis : the intertextual practices of historical poetry
January 8-11, 2015 146th Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA
Date limite : 1er février 2014
Organized by Lauren Donovan Ginsberg (
In recent years, many have productively applied to historiographical texts the methods of intertextual analysis previously focused on the study of verse. At the same time, increasing attention has been paid to the methodological issues raised when examining the intertextual aspects of works that represent the lived past. Scholars have made the case that intertextuality's function and effect in historical prose stands somewhat apart from what happens in verse due to, e.g., an historian's adherence to the existing historical record, the difficulty of separating allusions to previous historical events from previous textual representations of those events, and the historical actor's own ability to generate allusions to the past. And yet throughout this conversation, historical poetry has been largely left aside despite the natural bridge it provides between historiography and poetry. For historical poetry is as implicated in the ‘intertextuality of real life' as its prose counterparts are. While historical poetry's allusivity has traditionally been examined with an eye towards its literary rather than historical aims, its commitment to commemorating the past subjects its authors to tensions similar to those of their prose counterparts (e.g. commitment to an ‘authentic' view of the past; adherence to ‘transhistorical' narrative patterns; the representation of historical actors shaping their own allusivity; the complementary uses of historical and literary allusions). By investigating the intertextual practices and historical tensions within historical poetry, this panel proposes to push the boundaries of current thinking on intertextuality and history, challenging the dichotomy between prose and verse in order to offer a more holistic view of intertextuality's role in shaping literary presentations of history.
This panel invites contributions that tackle these issues from diverse angles and across genres. Proposals might aim to synthesize or offer a typology of intertextuality in Greek and Roman historical poetry, or present case studies that elucidate the tension between allusion's poetic and historical aims (e.g. how Aeschylus' messenger in the Persians claims authority through both his eye-witness status and his Homeric metapoetic allusiveness; how Lucan looks to Caesar's Civil War as both source and literary rival). Through such papers, this panel aims to contribute to ongoing debates about history's intertextual practices by exploring a diverse body of literature that bridges the gap between history and poetry.
Source : APA