The Body Unbound: Literary Approaches to the Classical Corpus

Conference Title: The Body Unbound: Literary Approaches to the Classical Corpus

Dates: October 7-8, 2016

Location: Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY


The body’s meaning is perhaps never more evident than in the violation of its wholeness. This conference will focus on the (human and animal) body as a            topic for literary investigation. Invited speakers will present papers concerned with the transfixed corpus—in its physical, ritual, aesthetic, and symbolic aspects—as it appears in ancient texts and in modern echoes of the classical tradition. Allowing for an unusually diverse and interdisciplinary range of perspectives, the topic            encourages scholars to move across traditional temporal and geographical boundaries, while engaging with questions that range from rhetoric and religion to gender and identity.

The conference is in the Ethyle R. Wolfe Series on Classical Studies and the Contemporary World (sponsored by the Wolfe Institute for the Humanities). The            keynote speaker will be Brooke Holmes of Princeton University. Free and open to the public. For more information, please visit