American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Annual Meeting
March 26-29, Richmond, Virginia

Panel:  Anacreon, His Imitators, Their Delights
Anacreontic poetry, long regarded by many scholars as insubstantial and derivative art, represents one of the most fertile areas calling for re-examination in eighteenth-century studies. The Anacreontic tradition challenges aesthetic norms privileging transcendence over immanence, intellect over bodily pleasure, originality over formal virtuosity. And yet, the meanings that one ascribes to this poetry—as formal art, as performance practice, as escapism from bourgeois banality, as classicism or as a celebration of bodily and linguistic delight amidst a repressive sexual culture—remain an open question. This panel proposes to examine Anacreontic poetry from new scholarly perspectives—both historical and formal—in order to pose anew the task of evaluating this poetic idiom.

Possible topics include:
--Pleasure through the body and the delights of poetry
--Superficiality, self-reflexivity, irony
--Is Anacreontic art escapist and/or socially productive?
--Presence of violence, death, and trauma
--Anacreontic poetry and class identities
--Anacreon and urban centers
--Anacreontic poetry and Classicism
--Relation between Anacreontic poetry and rococo style

Please send inquires and submissions to Derrick Miller, [log in to unmask]
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