Libros me futurum : new directions in Apuleian scholarship
January 8-11, 2015 146th Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA
Date limite : 1er février 2014
2015 will mark the thirtieth anniversary of Jack Winkler's landmark Auctor & Actor: A Narratological Reading of Apuleius's Golden Ass. This book, whose influence is undeniable, achieved a number of remarkable things: it brought the ancient novel to a larger group of scholars and students, established a paradigm for how to apply contemporary literary theory to an ancient text, and opened up broad avenues of research into Apuleius' style, society, sophistry, and influence.
In more recent years scholars have both expanded Winkler's methods and moved beyond his conclusions. Numerous monographs, articles, commentaries, and conferences have not only made Apuleian studies a dynamic area of scholarship, but have also explored entirely new areas of inquiry, including recent work on Apuleius' relationship to his native Africa–partly viewed through a postcolonial lens–Early Modern receptions of the Golden Ass, Apuleius' treatment of drama, and Isis in the novel. Scholars are increasingly aware of Apuleius' significance as an author of diverse works and the importance of reading these works together.
The magical city of New Orleans is an apt setting in which to forecast the next generation of Apuleian scholarship. Like Hypata, the Thessalian city in which Apuleius' hero is transformed from man to ass, New Orleans has a potent history of witchcraft and the carnivalesque. Like Corinth, where Apuleius' hero finds his salvation and anamorphosis, New Orleans has repeatedly transformed itself under different sovereigns, in response to diverse immigrant populations, and through terrible destruction and rebirth.
Considering this setting, we seek papers that both respond to recent trends and present new and original approaches to understanding and interpreting Apuleius' works. Possible “crystal ball” topics include but are not limited to: readings informed by modern receptions, magical realism, material culture, psychoanalysis, or a meta-study on Apuleian scholarship itself. Also, we welcome readings that address old concerns anew, including intertextuality, religion and philosophy, gender, oratory, Apuleius among his Greek and Roman contemporaries, and the inset tale of Cupid and Psyche. Especially encouraged are papers that read Apuleius' works as a collection.
Questions we hope to address include the following: are we trapped or emboldened by Winkler's famous conclusion that the Golden Ass is a “philosophical comedy about religious knowledge”? To what extent have we moved beyond the “serious versus comic” readings of the novel's end? How helpful to understanding Apuleius' works are labels like “sophist” and “African” and “Platonist”? Has the comparatively little attention received by his Florida, Apologia, and Platonic worksdistorted our conclusions about Apuleius? What can various models of reception do for our understanding of Apuleius and how can the story of Apuleian reception contribute to broader paradigms? Considering his usual placement as one of the last lights of pagan Roman literature, how should we teach Apuleius in context?
Source : APA