[SydPhil] Critical Antiquities Workshop - Charles Stocking

Tristan Bradshaw tbradshaw at uow.edu.au
Wed Oct 4 19:18:49 AEDT 2023

Dear all,

Please join the Critical Antiquities Workshop for an interview between CAN co-director Ben Brown (Classics and Ancient History, University of Sydney) and Charles Stocking (Classics, University of Texas, Austin). The interview will centre on Charles’ recent book, Homer’s Iliad and the Problem of Force (Oxford University Press, 2023), and the larger questions about early Greek epic poetry that lie behind it. The interview will explore the nature of Homeric poetry’s critical dimension, the place of the Iliad in the history of the human subject, and the tensions in epic poetry’s relationship with the historical context of its performance—and ask finally: if epic had a critical dimension then what social-historical end did the Iliad’s critique serve?

The event will take place on Zoom on Thursday, October 12, 9:30-11am Sydney/Canberra/Melbourne time. Here is the time in other locations:

  *   Los Angeles/Vancouver: Wednesday, October 11, 3:30pm
  *   Mexico City: Wednesday, October 11, 4:30pm
  *   Chicago: Wednesday, October 11, 5:30pm
  *   New York: Wednesday, October 11, 6:30pm
  *   Santiago/Buenos Aires/Rio de Janeiro: Wednesday, October 11, 7:30pm
  *   Dublin/Belfast/London: Thursday, October 12, 11:30pm
  *   Paris/Berlin/Rome/Johannesburg: Thursday, October 12, 12:30am
  *   Athens/Cairo: Thursday, October 12, 1:30am
  *   Beijing/Singapore/Perth: Thursday, October 12, 6:30am
  *   Tokyo: Thursday, October 12, 7:30am
  *   Darwin: Thursday, October 12, 8am
  *   Brisbane: Thursday, October 12, 8:30am
  *   Adelaide: Thursday, October 12, 9am

Here is the book’s blurb:

The topic of force has long remained a problem of interpretation for readers of Homer's Iliad, ever since Simone Weil famously proclaimed it as the poem's main subject. This book seeks to address that problem through a full-scale treatment of the language of force in the Iliad from both philological and philosophical perspectives. Each chapter explores the different types of Iliadic force in combination with the reception of the Iliad in the French intellectual tradition. Ultimately, this book demonstrates that the different terms for force in the Iliad give expression to distinct relations between self and "other." At the same time, this book reveals how the Iliad as a whole undermines the very relations of force which characters within the poem seek to establish. Ultimately, this study of force in the Iliad offers an occasion to reconsider human subjectivity in Homeric poetry.

We hope to see you there,

Tristan and Ben

Tristan Bradshaw
Lecturer, School of Liberal Arts | Co-director, Critical Antiquities Network
Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities | Building 19 Room 1085
University of Wollongong NSW 2522 Australia
T +61 2 4221 3850
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University of Sydney
School of Humanities, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

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