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03 October 2016

Reception and World Literature: King's–Oxford Seminar Series

A joint seminar series between King's College London and Oxford University is taking place, entitled Reception and World Literature.



During the autumn term 2016, the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama at the university of Oxford hosts a seminar series on ‘Reception and World Literature’, co-convened by Professor Constanze Güthenke (Oxford) and Dr Justine McConnell (King's).

Exploring a range of topics from across the globe, the seminar series seeks to address the question of the status, role, and place of classical reception and classical reception studies in current debates on ‘world literature’ – a topic also discussed at the recent conference Classics and/as World Literature at King’s College London, co-organised by Professor Edith Hall  (Department of Classics) and Professor Ziad Elmarsafy (Department of Comparative Literature).

The study and critical interrogation of the European classical tradition informed by perspectives of postcolonial theory and in the context of ongoing debates on ‘world literature’ – within the discipline of Comparative Literature and beyond – is one of the major areas of research activity and expertise of the Department of Comparative Literature at King’s College London. This is reflected by the contributions three King’s academics make to this term’s ‘Reception and World Literature’ seminar series at Oxford:

  • 24/10/16: Epitomising World Literature: Classical Reception in the Caribbean(Dr Justine McConnell)
  • 31/10/16: A Cuban Odyssey and the Transcultured Classics in Latin America(Dr Rosa Anjúdar)
  • 21/11/16: You’ve been framed! Reception, Philhellenism, and the Comparative Contexts of World Literature (Dr Sebastian Matzner)

The full programme can be read here.

All seminars take place on Mondays, at 5pm, at the Ioannou Centre in Oxford, 66 St Giles – everybody is welcome!


(Aug 2022 - The Department of Comparative Literature is now the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures).