Stadt: Berlin

Beginn: 2019-02-18

Ende: 2019-02-19


Venue: Freie Universität Berlin
Convenors: Prof. Dr. Anita Traninger and Paolo Brusa

The early modern history of the Greek novel has frequently and predominantly been framed as the reception of Heliodorus. In the last few decades, valuable efforts have been made at mapping the transformations and adaptions of the Heliodorian scheme. Still, there are questions that have received comparatively little attention, as well as authors who have been scarcely taken into consideration – notably Achilles Tatius, well known to early modern readers.

What are the discourses, the networks, the poetological and literary contexts that inform early modern patterns of engagement with and re-imaginations of the genre? What practices and disciplines – whether Christian ministry or Sophist rhetoric – were associated with the authors? In the transcultural and transnational networks of writers, readers, buyers, translators, printers and impresarios, how are differences brought about and reflected on? How do the various European projects relate to each other, along what lines of reception and around what centres of power? What is, furthermore, the role other ancient or Byzantine texts play in early modern literary debate and production?

Our aim is to consider the fate of the lesser known novels and subject matters, charting uses and adaptions of the Greek novel beyond the mainstream – to broaden the perspective on a genre often singled out in reconstructing the development of prose fiction in early modernity.

The workshop is organised within the research group “Discursivisations of the New: Tradition and Innovation in Medieval and Early Modern Texts” (

Attendants from all levels of study are most welcome. No previous registration is required. See programme under the URL.


Monday, February 18

10:00 – 10:30
Welcome and introduction
Anita Traninger – Paolo Brusa

Panel 1: Crossroads of Reception I
10:30 – 11:15 Laurence Plazenet (Université Clermont-Auvergne)
What Did Jacques Amyot Do to the Greek Novel?
11:15 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 – 12:15 Stefan Seeber (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg)
‘The Older, the Better’: Wolckenstern’s Ismenius (1573) and the Sixteenth Century Poetics of the Novel
12:15 – 13:00
Massimo Fusillo (Università degli Studi dell’Aquila)
Heliodorus on the Baroque Stage: Strategies of Dramatization

13:00 – 15:00 Lunch Break

Panel 2: How to Deal with Adversity
15:00 – 15:45
Susanne Gödde (Freie Universität Berlin)
Divine Plotting: Suffering and Salvation in the Ancient Greek Novel
15:45 – 16:30 Anita Traninger (Freie Universität Berlin)
The Archeology of Melancholy: Alonso Núñez de Reinoso and the Reimagination of the Greek Novel

Tuesday, February 19

Panel 3: Crossroads of Reception II
10:00 – 10:45 Jutta Eming (Freie Universität Berlin)
Beyond Incest? Extensive Adventures in Heinrich von Neustadt’s Version of Apollonius
10:45 – 11:30 Christian Rivoletti (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)
Geography, History and Genre: The Reception of Heliodorus in Early Modern Italy (and in a European Context)

11:30 – 12:00 Coffee break

Panel 4: Precarious Routes
12:00 – 12:45 Nathalie Schuler (Freie Universität Berlin / Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
Navigating Uncertainty: Sea Voyage and Storytelling in Heliodorus and Achilles Tatius

12:45 – 14:00 Lunch break

14:00 – 14:45 Paolo Brusa (Freie Universität Berlin)
To Heliodorus and ‘Beyond’: Lope de Vega’s Iberian aemulatio of the Ethiopian Tale

Panel 5: Ancient Models, Modern Novel?
14:45 – 15:30 Ingrid Simson (Freie Universität Berlin)
Cervantes’ Los trabajos de Persiles y Sigismunda: From imitatio of Ancient Role Models to a Critical Survey of Contemporary Spanish Imperial Politics

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break

16:00 – 16:45 Isabel Lozano-Renieblas (Dartmouth College)
Cervantes and the Prüfungsroman in First Modernity
16:45 – 17:00 Conclusion(s)

Beitrag von: Paolo Brusa

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