Lecture 'Meet the PhD Jury: Performability, Lament and the Christos Paschon'

For whom
Employees
When
11-06-2019 from 11:00 to 12:30
Where
Campus Boekentoren, Blandijn, Leslokaal 110.031, Blandijnberg 2, 9000 Gent
Language
English
Organizer
Vakgroep Letterkunde, afdeling Grieks
Contact
julie.vanpelt@ugent.be
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Prof. Margaret Mullett will lecture on 'Performability, Lament and the Christos Paschon'.

Abstract:

The Byzantine dialogic poem Christos Paschon has long been controversial, even and most notably in its date and authorship. It was at the heart of the twentieth-century debate over Byzantine drama, and its genre has been disputed. Is it a tragedy? A cento? A Virgin’s lament? We have now arrived at a position where Walter Puchner has argued that it is not a tragedy and is indeed unperformable. I should like to attempt to walk back this position by looking at the place in the text of lament, which occupies about one third of the whole, and in so doing cast some light on lament more widely in Byzantine society and the issue of performability of this text.

Bio:

Margaret Mullett is Emerita Professor at Queen’s University Belfast, where she became a senior lecturer in 1992. Between 2009 and 2015 she was director of Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks. She has published widely on topics such as literacy, patronage, and genre.

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