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2014 Annual Meeting

San Diego, CA

Meeting Begins11/22/2014
Meeting Ends11/25/2014

Call for Papers Opens: 12/20/2013
Call for Papers Closes: 3/4/2014

Requirements for Participation

Speech and Talk in the Ancient Mediterranean World

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: We are planning one open session and one joint session with the Ancient Fiction and Early Christian and Jewish Narrative Section. For the open session, we invite proposals on any topic relevant to the group’s focus. For the joint session, "Flouting Conventions," we invite papers that consider how ancient narratives deployed – and often strategically flouted – conventions regarding speech and talk. Ancient narratives reflect and employ diverse conventions regarding speech and talk in the ancient world. In particular contexts, certain kinds of speech indicate social identity (e.g., foreign language marks cultural otherness); ways of talking can reveal a character’s virtues or vices (e.g., salacious, misleading, persuasive, bold); unique types of speech are appropriate or efficacious only in certain temporal, geographical, or communal settings (e.g., ritualistic language located in temples). Of course, not all narratives conform to convention; often, storytellers violate established norms to great rhetorical effect. Breaches of expectation regarding speech – like a slave who speaks when she is expected to remain silent – can draw readerly attention, challenge readerly assumptions, and thereby contribute to the narrative’s rhetorical force.

Program Unit Chairs

Jeremy F. Hultin
Michal Beth Dinkler

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