"Voices, or silences: the sound of the word and the word denied."
The second issue of the annual online journal ‘Una / Κοινῇ’ aims to reflect on a fruitful and multi-perspective theme, functional to both synchronic and diachronic investigations: Voices, or silences: the sound of the word and the denied word.
The theme not only lends itself to a transversal investigation, capable of involving multiple disciplines (from literature, to philology and linguistics), but also intends to pursue a broad-reaching critical reflection. If, on the one hand, it draws upon existing literature on the topic (of which a specimen is provided in the closing of this Call, without any claim to be exhaustive), on the other, it aims to expand the research area through innovative and original contributions, able to extend the field of investigation from ancient to modern and/or contemporary.
The perspectives from which the topic can be investigated are many, as many are the possible methodological approaches. Here below we propose a list that includes some of the viable investigative leads. Far from being binding, they offer some departure points for reflection:
- the Greek and Latin lexicon of silence and its reception in the Italian language;
- the Greek and Latin lexicon of the word and its reception in the Italian language;
- the semantics of speech and silence;
- the physics of the voice and the physics of silence in antiquity: articulation and transmission of sounds, acoustic theories; the phenomenon of aphonia and the ‘worries’ of the voice in ancient medicine.
- voices and silences in linguistics:
- the importance of words and lexical choices in a specific communicative context (written/oral; formal/informal);
- the weight of silence in linguistic and dialogic interactions and its function (persuasive, argumentative, emotional, etc.);
- the relationship between pauses/interruptions/silences and the fullness of the word.
- voices and silences in narratology:
- how the way of ‘relating’ characters’ voices and silences changes – between ancient, modern and contemporary;
- silent voices and ‘talking’ silences of female characters, between ancient, modern and contemporary.
- voices and silences in dramaturgy (ancient, modern and contemporary):
- silence, from a dramaturgical norm (e.g. in classical Greek theater) to a characterization tool for shaping the character;
- imposed silences: uses and functions of monologues and soliloquies;
- dialogic voices and silences: the characteristics and functions of dialogues;
- tight dialogic voices: uses and functions of sticomitia;
- ‘fragmented’ items: uses and functions of the antilabé;
- the concept of word and silence in the Greek and Latin world (in comparison with modernity and contemporaneity), on the anthropological, cultural, political (e.g. damnatio memoriae; censorship), and religious levels (e.g. mysteries; curses; apotropaic formulas);
- the metaphors of the word and of silence in literature over the centuries: elements of continuity and difference between ancient and modern;
- the personifications of the word and of silence, from myth to literature;
- ‘myth(olog)ical’ voices and silences: fortunate (and rewritten) myths and forgotten myths;
- literary reflections (poetic, dramaturgical, narrative) on the word and silence between ancient, modern and contemporary;
- the word and silence in rhetoric and oratory: the eloquent word in rhetorical theory and oratory practice; silence as ambiguity, allusion, reticence, preterition, unspoken;
- playing with words and silences: rhetorical strategies of deception and mendacious persuasion (in dramaturgy or in oratory), between ancient, modern and contemporary;
- using the word inappropriately: the figure of the “chatterbox”, the “charlatan”, the “pest” in Greek, Latin and Italian (modern and contemporary) literature;
- betraying silence with the lying word: the lie, its characteristics and its functions in ancient, modern and contemporary literature;
- avoiding silence, speaking with someone else’s voice: allusions, semi-quotations, quotations, paraphrases;
- the dynamic word/silence in music;
- voices and silences in the history of tradition and textual criticism: studies on fragmentary works (e.g. fragmentary tragedies) and on non-finished works; peculiar and/or particularly significant cases of variae lectiones, glossae, lacunae etc.
Those who wish to send a contribution to the journal can email it to firstname.lastname@example.org to respond to the Call, adapting it to the Submission Guidelines of the journal (available at the following link: http://unakoine.it/index.php/unaK/C0D).
Contributions that develop the proposed theme in a diachronic perspective will be privileged.
All those contributions that investigate the suggested topic in relation to the following aspects will also be welcomed:
- the classical area only (Greek literature; Latin literature; classical philology);
- the ancient reception of the theme (reuses, rewrites, re-functionalizations of the theme in classical literature up to the late ancient and Byzantine era);
- the reception of the theme in modern and contemporary Italian literature with references to other languages and artistic genres.
Contributions should be sent by July 31, 2021 and should not exceed 50,000 characters in length (notes and spaces included and references excluded). The same applies to those interested in sending contributions to ‘Una / Κοινῇ’ that respond to the journal’s areas of interest, which go beyond the theme proposed in this CfP and which, therefore, will be published in the Miscellaneous section.
All contributions will be subjected to double blind peer review.
Contributions are accepted in Italian, English, Spanish, French and German.
We also accept proposals for reviews of volumes relating to the journal’s areas of interest and that have been published no earlier than 2019. The deadline for sending reviews – which will be forwarded to the email address email@example.com – is October 15, 2021.
Una / Κοινῇ
Journal of Classical Studies and
their Reception in Contemporary Italian literature
Editors: Giovanna Battaglino, Alessandra Di Meglio
Suggested readings (in alphabetical order):
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AA. VV., Le funzioni del silenzio nella Grecia Antica, Convegno del Centro Internazionale di Studi sulla Cultura della Grecia Antica (a cura di P. Angeli Bernardini), Urbino, 9-10 ottobre 2014, Fabrizio Serra Editore, Pisa-Roma 2015.
Ax, W. Laut, Stimme und Sprache. Studien zu drei Grundbegriffen der antiken Sprachtheorie, Göttingen 1986.
Bettini, M. Voci: antropologia sonora del mondo antico, Torino 2008.
Bettini, M. Il profumo della voce, I Quaderni del Ramo d’oro on-line 6, 2013/2014 [Atti del Convegno: Prestare la voce, Siena, 21-22 febbraio 2014], 1-7.
BARSOTTI, A., Colore delle parole e temperatura dei silenzi nel teatro di Edoardo, in «Quaderns d’Italià», 12 (2007), 11-23.
CRISCUOLO, U., Sui ‘silenzi’ tragici in Eschilo e Sofocle, in Criscuolo Ugo, Studi sulla tragedia greca, Napoli 2016, 137-166.
DOVETTO, F. M., Silenzi e voci di donne nell’antichità classica, in «Quaderni del CIRSIL», 9 (2010), 1-13 [link: http://amsacta.unibo.it/2968/1/Copia_DOVETTO_la_lingua_le_lingue_e_le_donne.pdf].
HAVELOCK, E. A., Cultura orale e civiltà della scrittura. Da Omero a Platone, Laterza, Bari, 2019 19631.
IERANÒ, G. – SPINA, L., Antichi silenzi, Mimesis/Accademia del Silenzio, Milano 2015.
MAIURI, A., La polisemia del silenzio nel mondo latino tra politica, diritto e religione, in Silenzio e parola nella patristica. XXXIX Incontro di studiosi dell’Antichità Cristiana (Roma, 6-8 maggio 2019), Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum, Roma 2012, 1-22 [link: https://www.academia.edu/6060777/La_polisemia_del_silenzio_nel_mondo_latino_tra_politica_diritto_e_religione].
MERLEAU PONTY, M., Il linguaggio indiretto e le voci del silenzio, il Saggiatore, Milano 1967.
MORTARA GARAVELLI, B., Silenzi d’Autore, Laterza, Roma Bari 20153.
NETTLE, D. – ROMAINE, S., Voci del silenzio. Sulle tracce delle lingue in via di estinzione, Carocci, Roma 2001 [rist. 2009].
RAGNO, T., I silenzi di Arianna. Con una postilla monteverdiana, in G.M. Masselli (a cura di), Non domini nostri, sed duces. Studi sulla ricezione dell’antico, Campobasso – Foggia: Il Castello, 2018, 123-177.
TISI, L. Messaggeri e silenzi, il potere del non detto nella tragedia greca, in I. Angelini, A. Ducati, S. Scartozzi (a c. di), La parola ‘elusa’, Tratti di oscurità nella trasmissione del messaggio, Trento 2016 [link: https://www.academia.edu/29718198/Messaggeri_e_silenzi_il_potere_del_non_detto_nella_tragedia_greca].