Perspectives on Cavafy
commemorating the 70th anniversary of Constantine
Cavafy's death and the 140th anniversary of his birth.
22 November 2003
Garden Room and 'Pearson Lecture Theatre', UCL
Constantine Cavafy (1863-1933)
and his work were the focus of a one day conference held
at University College London on Saturday 22 November 2003.
C.P. Cavafy lived most
of his life in Alexandria, a member of the then thriving Greek
community of Egypt. One of the most celebrated writers to have
written in modern Greek, his poems have fascinated readers throughout
the 20th century and have been constantly translated into numerous
Cavafy the erotic, the
sensual, the multicultural, the ironic, multidimensional poet,
has been a major influence on writers of the calibre of Marguerite
Yourcenar, W.H. Auden, Joseph Brodski, E.M. Forster down to Gore
Vidal and 2003's Nobel Laureate J.M.Coetzee, who borrowed
the title of a Cavafy poem for one of his novels (Waiting for
With this event, we presented the multiplicity of approaches that Cavafy's
oeuvre still attracts. Academics from different disciplines and countries with
an interest in the poet's work came together to discuss the writings (and
rewritings) of this Alexandrian famously described by Forster as 'a Greek gentleman
in a straw hat, standing absolutely motionless at a slight angle to the universe'.
This was the first time
an academic event on Modern Greek Literature was
hosted at UCL and it was generously supported by the Hellenic
for Culture, UK, the Alexander S. Onassis Foundation, The Dean's
Fund (UCL), and Easyjet.
Professor Vassilis Lambropoulos (Michigan). 'Agonistic Appearance on the Stage
Robinson (Oxford). 'Cavafy's Sexual Sensibility: Reading Cavafy
through Mark Doty and Cathal Ó Searcaigh'.
Professor Howard Caygill
(Goldsmiths). 'Repetition and Retrospection in Cavafy's Erotic
Professor Gregory Woods
(Nottingham Trent). 'Cavafy and Greek Love'.
Dr. George Syrimis (Yale). 'Desire in C. P. Cavafy and the Many Faces of Myres'.
There was also a
discussion with Cavafy's most recent French translator Dominique
Grandmont and the Greek poet and critic Dionyses Kapsales, as
well as a screening of Constantine Giannaris's award winning
black and white documentary on the life of the poet, Trojans
(1989), followed by a discussion with the director.
The full programme
is available here [Word
For more information,
please contact Dr. Dimitris
Papanikolaou at email@example.com
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