University Seminar in Modern Greek


Past Event

University Seminar in Modern Greek

October 6, 2023
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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Faculty House (64 Morningside Drive) & Online

"Ι lose my screams"
Unmourned bodies
Performances of the lamenting voice from Latin America to Greece

Marios Chatziprokopiou (University of Thessaly) and Emma Ianni (respondent, Columbia University)

In the prologue of her Antigonick, Anne Carson harks back to Ingeborg Bachmann’s verse "I lose my screams," and states: "Dear Antigone, / I take it as the task of the translator / to forbid you should ever lose your screams." Taking these references as a vantage point, Chatziprokopiou will investigate recent re-inscriptions of Antigone in Latin American dramaturgy and performance, in close connection to the process of translating these Antígones into Modern Greek and to contemporary Greek performances. How and in which particular contexts does Antigone’s lament get reinvented? How and to what extent can such reinventions mourn disappeared bodies? Which lives are in each case considered to be grievable, and which ones are displaced from the official sphere of memorability? And further, how can we look at these laments—and at their multiform translations—as embodied acts of resistance?

This seminar will take place at Faculty House and online. Click below to register for the seminar.

In collaboration with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Public Humanities Initiative (SNFPHI) and the Program in Hellenic Studies.


Image: Goodbye Lindita, Mario Banushi (dir.), National Theatre Experimental Stage, Athens 2023.