segunda-feira, 30 de maio de 2016


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I colóquio de Teatro e Tradução de Teatro.
 When Translation is not Enough: 
Gaps in Ancient Texts and the Challenge of Theatrical Production
Prof. Konstantinos P. Nikoloutsos
Dia 1/6 (quarta-feira), às 17h 
Auditório 1007 da FALE 


The paper discusses the transition from page to stage and the challenge in reconstructing Greek antiquity before a modern audience when the source text is elliptical, fragmented, or inconclusive. I shall use as a case study the elusiveness with which Helen’s body is depicted in the genres of epic and tragedy in order to illustrate the divide between the verbal and the visual in classical literature and highlight the impossibility of reconciling the two in a theatrical production in ways that can do justice to the intentions of the ancient author or his cultural milieu. I shall close my paper by looking at the ways in which Helen is given life in a related medium, cinema, and shall argue that her celluloid body perpetuates the eclecticism, compromises, and pastiches that inform her portrayal in ancient painting.

Konstantinos P. Nikoloutsos is Associate Professor of Classics and Director of Ancient Studies at Saint Joseph’s University (Philadelphia, USA). He previously held teaching appointments at the University of Liverpool (UK), Florida Atlantic University (USA), and Berea College (USA). He has also taught as visiting faculty at the University of Buenos Aires (appointment under the aegis of the Greek Embassy and the Hellenic Cultural Association Nostos) and offered graduate mini-courses at the Federal University of Paraná and the State University of Campinas. He has published extensively in the fields of Roman elegy and classical reception, with an emphasis on cinema and theater, and has delivered numerous scientific presentations nationally and internationally. He is the editor of Ancient Greek Women in Film (Oxford University Press, 2013) and Reception of Greek and Roman Drama in Latin America (special issue of Romance Quarterly 59.1: 2012), and co-editor of Classical Tradition in Brazil: Translation, Rewriting, and Reception (New Voices in Classical Reception StudiesConference Proceedings Series, 2: 2016). His honors include the 2008 Paul Rehak Prize from the Lambda Classical Caucus for best article in ancient homoeroticism; the 2012-13 Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship from Harvard University; and the invitation to participate in the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation University Seminars Program (Brazil, Spring 2016).

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