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QUEERING MYTHOLOGY, APA 2006
Cashman Kerr Prince
, Organizer

abstracts due 15 February 2005 via e-mail cprince@mcmaster.ca

This year's LCC panel will focus on the ways ancient Greeks and Romans told and understood "queer" myths. An examination of the "frame tales," the ways in which ancient sources invoked these stories, can reveal the meanings ascribed to the myths; thus, the ways myths are framed can illuminate ancient understandings of sexuality and how they formed part of the ancient Greek and Roman sexual imaginary.

By "queer" myths we understand tales of homosexual love and desire as well as those with more implicit homoerotic content. Some narrate tales of same-sex passion (Narcissus; Nisus and Euryalus) and abduction (Zeus and Ganymede, among many others); others recount a rejection of socially prescribed and sanctioned heterosexuality (the Amazons, the Danaids and the Lemnians); still others provide an aetion for same-sex passion and action (as the myth of Orpheus in Ovid's Metamorphoses). There are also other, less familiar myths, which can be read queerly (Chariclo, beloved of Athena; Polyboea, sister of Hyacinthus; Iphis and Ianthe). These myths are narrated in various sources, such as Pausanias' Guidebook, Athenaeus' Deipnosophistai, the pseudo-Aristotelian Problemata, or recounted and analyzed by Artemidorus. What meanings are ascribed to these myths, in artistic works or in treatises? What paradigmatic ends do the myths serve in the various re-tellings? We invite papers which consider literature or visual arts, Greek or Roman. Possible topics might include: homoerotic elements in Aeschylus' Suppliants, Hercules and Hylas in Apollonius Rhodius' Argonautica, Ovid's Metamorphoses, or Martial's epigrams; queer readings of visual depictions of the Danaids; or uses made of the tale of the Lemnian women. This year's panel will focus on queer myths with the aim of enhancing our understandings of ancient sexualities as the Greeks and Romans understood and conceived of them.

Each speaker will have 15 - 20 minutes of presentation time, with an opportunity for questions and discussion following. Abstracts should be 500 - 800 words, double-spaced; they should not include the author's name or any reference to the author, since they will be refereed anonymously. Please submit abstracts to arrive by 15 February 2005 to Cashman Kerr Prince via e-mail cprince@mcmaster.ca.

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