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Epic and Intermediality: Third CIMEEP Colloquium

Abstract submission deadline

Maison des Sciences de l'Homme et de la Société (MSHS) Poitiers, France, 28-30 March 2022

Deadline for proposals: 29 April 2021

Centro Internacional e Multidisciplinar de Estudos Épicos ( in collaboration with FoReLLIS pole B (Poitiers) Université de Poitiers

The tradition of the epic or the “dream of the epic” (H. Christians, 2004), the search for the ideal by the inaccessible definition of the Homeric model, has always been accompanied by a question of the boundaries amongthe various mediums: the description of the shield ofAchilles in the Iliad, the first ekphrasisin the European literary history, traditionally marks the beginning of reflections on textimage relations. Thus, since Classical Antiquity, the idea of the aoidosand the ideal writing determined by the oral presentation have accompanied the production of intrinsically ambivalent epic texts, situated on the border between text and speech. The epic matter – stories of radiant heroes fighting for the collective – inspires authors in the search for an ideal text, capable of describing and at the same time uniting the community in a sophisticated and often versed language. But, to the same extent, these matters, whether based on concrete text or hybrid sources, also become motifs in the visual arts: they are found in the form of paintings or sculptures. The question of epic intermediality also arises when epic matteris staged – from classicaltragedy and classicalopera to long 19th century historical dramas, which often deliberatelyrefer to the tradition of national epics and are received as “epic dramas”. But while the possibilities of representation on the classical stage were subject to clear spatial and moral limits, the emergence of the film in the 20th century was able to opencompletely new possibilities: on the screen, many adaptations of classicalepic mattersfinally achievethe much expected popular success; in Hollywood, the epic film even becamea genre of its own. More recently, this success has been amplified by videogames and comics, which allowed, among other things, to question the linearity of the narrative and to resort to countless intertextual and intermedial quotes.The evolution over the centuries shows that each new medium evokes the skepticism of the previous ones, while opening up new possibilities for traditional or more recent epic matters.The emergence of new aesthetics, therefore, always reflects the long tradition of epic narratives.

For the third CIMEEP colloquium (Centro Internacional e Multidisciplinar de Estudos Épicos), we would like to focus on the relationship between epic and intermediality. The study of classic and contemporary works from all linguistic and cultural eras from the perspective of intermediality will be welcome.We propose the following thematic axes:

  • the intermedial palimpsest of epic works: the evocation and citation of old mediumby more recent medium;
  • the intermedial transformation of epic matters: changes in shape, aesthetics and linearity through a change in medium, for example, the adaptation of old epic mattersin the arts of modernity, from photography to video games, including comics and films;
  • the aesthetic characteristics and (im) possibilities of epic narratives in different mediums, for example for the study of the same epic matteradapted in different works and / or different mediums;
  • the issue of ekphrasis;
  • the question of orality represented by writing.

The third CIMEEP colloquium will take place in Poitiers (France), at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme et de la Société (MSHS) at the University of Poitiers and in collaboration with the research group FoReLLIS (Poitiers).

Scientific Committee:

Charlotte Krauss, Senior Lecturerat Poitiers University

María del Mar LópezCabrales, Full Professor at Colorado State University (United States of America)

Karina Marques, Senior Lecturerat the University of Poitiers

Fernando de Mendonça, Adjunct Professor at the Federal University of Sergipe (Brazil)

Christina Bielinski Ramalho, Associate Professor at the Federal University of Sergipe (Brazil)

Maria Aparecida Rodrigues Fontes, ProfessorResearcher at Università degliStudi di Padova

Key conferences (keynote):

Liliane Louvel, Professor of English Literature at the Université de Poitiers

Raúl MarreroFente, Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Minnesota

Languages of the event: French and English as well as Spanish and Portuguese for topics specifically dedicated to epic matters from South and Central America.

Registration fee30 euros (CIMEEP and FoReLLIS members are free from registration fees).

Please, send your communication proposal (title + summary of a maximum of 2,000 characters) to before April 30, 2021.

All abstracts of accepted articles will be compiled in the form of a summary notebook. A selection of contributions will be published in the online magazine Revista Épicas, in the number scheduled for the end of 2022 (publication with reading committee).

Source of description: Information from the provider

Fields of research

Narratology, Literature and other forms of art, Narrative, Drama, Literature of the 19th century, Literature of the 20th century




Université de Poitiers
Maison des Sciences de l'Homme et de la Société (MSHS)
Centro Internacional e Multidisciplinar de Estudos Épicos (CIMEEP)
Date of publication: 03.05.2021
Last edited: 03.05.2021