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The use of history in Constantine Cavafy’s poetry

Cycle C | History through the lens of the present | Remembrance and Pathos

February 16, 2011
19:00 - 21:00
5th floor - Young Theatre Workshop
The use of history in Constantine Cavafy’s poetry.

Free entrance

Future prospects remain inextricably bound up with the past on both an individual and collective level. As we examine our past in terms of the questions new and old and issues current and chronic which the present requires us to reframe and discuss anew, people, events and interpretations shed light on the past from unexpected viewpoints, making our relationship with History more creative and alive.

The use of history in Constantine Cavafy’s poetry
A number of commentators have attributed the enormous popularity enjoyed by Constantine Cavafy’s poetry today to the fact that we are living in an era of decline which chimes with the poetic world of the Alexandrian poet. Is that really the case? Why is Cavafy so impassioned by history and what drove him to include it in his poetry? And how can we explain his marked preference for the Hellenistic—or Graeco-Roman—era and Byzantine over the contemporary?

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Speakers
Diana Haas: Professor in Modern Greek Literature, University of Patras
Renata Lavagnini: Professor in Modern Greek Language and Literature, University of Palermo
Michalis Pieris: Dean of the Faculty of Letters, University of Cyprus; poet

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