Metalepsis in Classical Literature

Dr Gail Trimble, Fellow and Tutor in Classics, is organising an international conference on metalepsis in Classical literature in collaboration with Dr Sebastian Matzner of King’s College, London.  The conference is generously supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council as part of a Research Fellowship (Early Career) awarded to Dr Trimble, and will take place at the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, University of Oxford, 3-5 September 2015.

With roots in ancient rhetorical theory but given its modern sense by Genette, metalepsis is usually understood to refer to the breaking of boundaries between distinct narrative worlds.  While scholars of (post-)modern literature have made fruitful use of the concept, classicists have only just begun to explore what metalepsis might mean in the literature and other media of the ancient world. With such enquiries within Classics increasingly gathering momentum, this conference sets out to take the debate to the next level by asking both where metalepsis can most productively join other critical concepts in classical research and how explorations of ancient metalepsis might change, refine or extend the general understanding of the concept itself.

Posted: 12 August 2015

Further information

For further information, including the full programme, and to book places, follow the link to the conference website.