Le miasme et l’oliban: L’odeur et les sens dans la réception de l’Antiquité //
The Fragrant and the Foul: the Smells and Senses of Antiquity in the Modern Imagination
Organisers. : Adeline Grand-Clément (Université Toulouse 2-Jean Jaurès, IUF) ; Charlotte Ribeyrol (Université Paris-Sorbonne, IUF); Anna Guédon (Université Toulouse 2-Jean Jaurès)
The classical tradition has long confined Antiquity to an immaculate, sanitized whiteness : thus idealised, it was deprived of its multi-sensorial dimension, and conveniently limited to the visual paradigm. Olfaction, in particular, has often been overlooked in classical reception studies due to its evanescent nature which makes this sense difficult to apprehend. And yet, the smells associated with a given figure, or social group convey a rich imagery which conotes specific values : perfumes, scents and foul odours both reflect and mould the ways a society thinks or acts.
The aim of this conference will be to analyse the underexplored role of smell – both fair or foul – in relation to the other senses, in the modern rejection, reappraisal or idealisation of Antiquity. We will pay particular attention to the visual and performative arts especially when they engage a sensorial response from the reader or the viewer. We therefore invite contributions focusing not only on painting, literature, drama, and cinema but also on advertising, video games, television series, comic books and graphic novels, as well as on historical re-enactments which have recently helped reshape the perception and experience of the antique for a broader audience.
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