Cursos e Eventos

Ancient Greek History on Filme: Theory and Case Studies

Programa de Pós-Graduação em Letras da UFPR

convida ao mini-curso:

Ancient Greek History on Film: Theory and Case Studies

Prof. Dr. Konstantinos Nikoloutsos (Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia/PA)

Período: 11-13 de junho de 2013 / Carga horária: 15 horas / Horário: 14h-17h e 18h30-20h30

Inscrições gratuitas: secretaria da pós-graduação em Letras (10º andar), de 01 a 31 de maio, das 14h às 17h

Público-alvo: alunos de pós-graduação (com contagem de créditos via equivalência, código HLP 777, 1 crédito), alunos de graduação em Letras e áreas afins (com emissão de certificado) e professores interessados.

Obs: Curso totalmente ministrado em inglês.


a. 11 de junho, 14 às 17h: "From Written to Visual History: How to Use Films as a Teaching and Learning Tool" (sala 400)

b. 11 de junho, 18h30 às 20h30: apresentação do filme The 300 Spartans (1962), sala 1100.

c. 12 de junho, 14 às 17h: "Re-contextualizing the Classical Past: Cold War Politics and the Battle of Thermopylae in The 300 Spartans (1962)", sala 400

d. 12 de junho, 18h30 às 20h30: apresentação do filme Troy (2004), primeira parte, sala 400.

e. 13 de junho, 14 às 17h: "When Love Succumbs to Politics: Presenting Myth as History in Troy (2004)", sala 400

f. 13 de junho, 18h30 às 20h30: apresentação do filme Troy (2004), segunda parte, sala 400.

Descrição: The goal of this mini-course is to reassess the relation between the written, static words on ancient history book pages and the moving images on the big screen. Just as it is naive to view films set in classical antiquity uncritically and treat them as “open windows” onto the events and people of the remote past, so too it is a mistake to dismiss historical films altogether because they offer a heterodox picture of the ancient world, which contradicts our written and visual sources. After all, the historical record is not itself unproblematic. It is often fragmented, inconclusive, and subject to reinterpretation. The aim of this mini­-course, therefore, is not just to identify the factual errors, inaccuracies, and anachronisms in the three films under examination, The 300 Spartans (1962), Helen of Troy (1956), and Troy (2004). Comparing cinematic history to written history, as my intention is to do, has a tremendous pedagogical value and will show how classicists can use films as tools with which to supplement their teaching of a topic that can be dry and at times complicated. My second goal in this course is to show that films treating ancient historical subjects deserve the attention of classicists because they demonstrate how important the classical world is still considered to be for modern audiences. The past is resurrected on the screen because it still resonates with the present. Contemporary issues, concerns, and anxieties are dressed in an ancient garment and form a meta-history, a version of history in which the representation of people and events is determined by the historical context in which the film in question is produced.

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