2019 Argyropoulos Lecture: Dimitri Nakassis (University of Colorado Boulder), “How Greek Were the Mycenaeans?” @ Karpeles Manuscript Library
Apr 14 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Adriana Vazquez (UCLA), “Visions of Troy: Conceptualizing Lusophone-Latin Epic Reception” @ HSSB 4080
Apr 19 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

“Visions of Troy: Conceptualizing Lusophone-Latin Epic Reception”

The Latin epic tradition found continued life in the robust production of vernacular epic not only in humanist Europe but also in emerging New World literature of the colonial period. In this presentation, case studies will be presented that demonstrate the close intertextual relationships between Latin and Lusophone epic poetry produced in Portugal and Brazil of the early modern and colonial periods whose broader implications reframe our understanding of the mechanisms of a reception tradition that was bilingual and cross-cultural. Such case studies represent a methodologically original approach to reception that triangulates between an ancient source, an intermediary receptive text, and a target receptive text, a topos in receptive texts that I am calling “window reception,” by which receptive texts comment on their status as receptions in direct dialogue and competition with earlier receptive texts.