The epic's extension today: between expansion and extinction

“What has been lost (…) is the epic, or rather, the taste for the poetic continuum such as once informed the epic vein of Romanticism” (C. Doumet). How much of a fact is that?For, as “a wandering path towards what must be an ancient skill” (S. Bouquet), the epic and the heroic continue to haunt the literary landscape in a wide variety of fashions ranging from the “fictions of globalization” (J. Annesley) to The Lord of the Rings craze to the recent new translations of foundational texts of the genre – Yusef Komunyaka’s Gilgamesh (2006) and Ciaran Carson’s Inferno (2002) and Táin (2007) among them – as well as the uninterrupted dialogue with heroic gestures being written by contemporary poets.
Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier, France
21-23 October 2010
Deadline for proposals: 30 November 2009