Tragic Transformations: Symposium on Female Revengers in Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance Literature

22 June 2018, 2.00 PM - 22 June 2018, 6.00 PM

2E2 & 3F9 Priory Road Complex, University of Bristol

Scholars are divided as to whether female avengers should be interpreted as honorary men, heroes in their own right, monstrous inversions of gender norms, or conduits through which male subjectivity is formed. Implicit in these debates are also questions about how revenge plots impact on wider constructions of gender, and whether such narratives reinforce conservative gender roles, interrogate the ‘masculine’ values that society prizes, or establish new ways of conceptualizing women and men. The symposium will explore these questions, examining the ways in which female revengers are portrayed and how these relate to wider cultural ideas about violence and the gendering of revenge.

The panel will be followed by a book launch from 5pm-6pm, for Lesel Dawson and Fiona McHardy (eds), Revenge and Gender in Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Literature (Edinburgh University Press, 2018) in the HUMs Common Room in 11 Woodland Road and Garden. Wine and beer will be served.

Proposals are invited for a round-table discussion on any aspect of female revengers from Classical to Renaissance Literature. Please send proposals (200 words) for papers and a short CV by Friday, 1 June 2018 to:

Confirmed Speakers: Professor Janet Clare, Dr Gareth Griffith, Professor Richard Seaford.

For more information, please contact Dr Lesel Dawson at the above address. To book a place, visit Eventbrite

The symposium is supported by the University of Bristol’s Institute for Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition and the Tragedy Cluster.

Clytemnestra, after killing her husband king Agamemnon The Hon. John Collier (1850-1934), Guildhall Art Gallery

Revenge and Gender in Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Literature book cover

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