Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm
PED 130g 3560 Watt Way
"THE EMPEROR’S SPEECH IN IMPERIAL HISTORIOGRAPHY"
Lydia Spielberg joined the Classics Department at UCLA in 2018. Most of her work has been on Roman historiography and historians’ presentation of their genre’s social and political agency, especially in response to situations of political turmoil or repression, but this is part of a broader interest in how ancient authors can (or can at least can claim to) “do things” with literature, especially in the Roman empire. Her dissertation, currently being revised into book form, dealt with claims to be quoting “what was actually said” in Roman historiography, and the attendant questions of authenticity and authority both in speech and over the past. In addition to quotation and transcription, she is interested in the less elevated forms of intertextuality that operate within communities of language users: how can commonplaces, topoi, memes, and political clichés that everyone knows are insincere still be useful for constructing social and political selves?