Wearedaphne – Retelling the Assassination of Malta’s Foremost Investigative Journalist through Ovid’s Metamorphoses
The CCL is delighted to announce the first event in its new series Sing in Me, Muse: The Classical, the Critical, and the Creative, a series of talks, workshops, readings, discussions on the social, political and cultural relevance of the classics to our times.
A reading and talk by Abigail Ardelle Zammit, co-hosted with the Goldsmiths Writers’ Centre
The poet Abigail Ardelle Zammit will discuss how she has adopted hybridity and erasure as a vehicle for dissent. Her dialogue with Ovid’s Metamorphoses employs the violence of the blackout technique as literary tool and political commentary, selecting and obscuring words from Ovid’s tales – most noticeably from Daphne’s transformation into a tree – to retell the events leading to and following the assassination of the controversial Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
The actual reading of the #wearedaphne erasures will be followed by a talk which will seek to investigate how a fictional text from antiquity can illuminate a contemporary context, and how the primary thematic violence of the process of metamorphosis can unearth the injustices of a contemporary Maltese context through the process of redaction.
Another aspect of the discussion will involve gender politics, re-voicing, and the distancing effect that can be obtained by looking at the already-written, especially vis á vis texts separated by time, space, translation, as well as dual transmutation into prose and poetry.
Attendance is free but booking is required to receive a link to attend.
Dates & times
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|3 Nov 2022||5:30pm - 7:30pm|
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