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Rythme et résonance / Rhythm and Resonance 9 September 2014, 10.30 – 16.15, Humanity Manse, University of Aberdeen

10: 30 – 11.00 Coffee and welcome

11:00 Professor Eric Benoît (Université de Bordeaux-3), "Tensions dans la voix poétique" (40 minute paper)

11:55 Dr David Evans (St. Andrews), “Entre formes fixes et formes fluides: textures insaisissables dans la poésie française du dix-neuvième siècle” (20 minute paper)

12:30 Lunch

1:15 Dr Elodie Laügt (St. Andrews), "Le marquage du temps dans la pratique poétique de Sabine Macher" (20 minute paper)

1:45 Dr Àine Larkin (Aberdeen), “Anne F. Garréta’s paroxysmal rhythms / Les rythmes paroxystiques d’Anne F. Garréta” (20 minute paper)

2:15 Dr Clémence O’Connor (Aberdeen), “Soustraire l’arrivée’: Heather Dohollau, une poétique de la lenteur” (20 minute paper)

2:45 Dr Greg Kerr (Glasgow), “Impersonality and commonality of experience in the poetic constraints of Michelle Grangaud” (5 minute paper)

3:00 Dr Adrienne Janus (Aberdeen):  wrap-up + questions for further discussion

3:10 Coffee and further discussion

4:15 End of workshop


'Satirical Voices: (Re-)Imagining Satire from Antiquity to the Present’

A workshop organised by the Sir Herbert Grierson Centre for Textual Criticism and Comparative Literary History, and the Centre for Celtic Studies

Friday and Saturday, 23-24 May 2014, at the Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies, Humanity Manse

Sir Herbert Grierson was a Classicist by training; the main objective of this workshop is to explore Classical satire and its reception in the mediaeval and modern worlds. Given the universality of satire as a political and literary tool from Antiquity to the present, we will discuss satirical writing as ‘re-imagined’ in vernacular European literatures. This meeting is intended as the beginning of a programme of collaboration with scholars at other universities, leading to a larger collaborative project for which external grants will be sought. We will hold a series of networking events focusing on the mediaeval and modern reception of Classical literature; the project will culminate in January 2016, with a conference to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Sir Herbert Grierson’s birth, on 'Receptions of Classical Literature', and/or the legacies of Sir Herbert Grierson.

Friday 23 May

11-11.30am  Coffee & Welcome


Professor Jane Stevenson (Regius Professor of Humanity): ‘Faking a Poetess?’

Dr Syrithe Pugh (English): ‘“Mixed with some Satyrical bitternesse”: Spenser’s Reading of Virgil’s Eclogues in The Shepheardes Calender’

Chair: Dr Aideen O’Leary

12.30-1.30pm  Lunch for all attendees


Professor Patrick Crotty (Irish and Scottish Studies): ‘A Peregrination Around Captain Grose: Some Contexts for Brian Merriman's “The Midnight Court”’

Chair: Dr Aideen O’Leary


Dr Samantha Newington (Divinity): ‘Greek Satyr - a Play on Words and Image’

Dr Elizabeth Elliott (English): ‘“Unbound ingyne”: Allan Ramsay and the Appeal of Medieval Satire’

Chair: Dr Syrithe Pugh

3.30-4pm  Coffee


Dr Paul Flaig (Film and Visual Culture): ‘How to Make Adorno Laugh: Juvenal, Harpo Marx, and Comic Utopia’

Dr Jesse Barker (Hispanic Studies): ‘“A Brilliant Idea, but Frozen”: Satirising Consumer Culture and the Pursuit of Happiness in Recent Spanish Narrative’

Chair: Dr Margaret Jubb

Saturday 24 May

10.30-11am  Coffee


Dr Aideen O’Leary (Celtic & Anglo-Saxon Studies): ‘Receptions and Reversals of Persius in Eleventh-century Normandy’

Chair: Dr Syrithe Pugh


Dr Vivien E. Williams (Centre for Robert Burns Studies, University of Glasgow): ‘Mock-eulogies, Indecent Practices and the Whore of Babylon: a Study of Satirical Bagpipe Iconography’

Chair: Dr Aideen O’Leary

12.30-1.30pm  Lunch for all attendees


Dr Michael Brown (History): 'Jonathan Swift and the Shadow of Mandeville'

Dr David Wheatley (English): ‘The Case of Kevin Higgins, or The Present State of Irish Poetic Satire’

Chair: tbc

2.30-3pm  Coffee & Conclusion


‘The State of the Text’
22-23 Nov 2013

In association with the Research Institute for Irish and Scottish Studies, the Grierson Centre organized an inaugural symposium entitled ‘The State of the Text’, held in Aberdeen on November 22-23 2013. It attracted papers on the construction of national meaning through literature, statelessness and literature, the critical editing of texts, texts as material object, and the intersections of literature and other creative practices, including visual culture and dance. Keynote speakers included Derek Attridge (York), Jeremy  Robbins (Edinburgh) and Greg Kerr (Glasgow). You can read the programme here.