Conference 2016


The Conference was held at Devonshire Hall in July 2016, with a wide range of papers on the Reception of Cupid and Psyche that covered art, literature (for adults and children, in English and Italian), psychoanalysis, film and the stage (opera, ballet, musicals, plays), with numerous interconnections.

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Cupid and Psyche Conference – Final Programme (05/07/2016)

Wednesday July 13th

10:00-11:00 Conference Registration and Check In

Devonshire Foyer

10:30-11:00 Refreshments: Devonshire Foyer
11:00 Conference Opening: Fenton Room
11:15-12:45 Fenton Room Evans Room
1a) Apuleius for Youth

Chair: Owen Hodkinson

1b) C.S. Lewis and the Divine

Chair: Julia Gaisser

Apuleius’ Graphic Novel: the Comics and Cupid and Psyche

Edmund Cueva

(University of Houston-Downtown)

Venus reimagined: the reception of Apuleius’ Venus from Cupid and Psyche as C.S. Lewis’ Orual in Till We Have Faces

C. R. Kirkman

(University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa)

Cupid and Psyche for Children

Lisa Maurice (Bar-Ilan University)

            Cupid & Psyche in C.S. Lewis’ Till We Have Faces: a Christian-Platonic metamorphosis

Friedemann Drews (Münster)

12:45-13:45 Buffet lunch – Dining Room
14:00-15:30 Fenton Evans
2a) 18th Century Paintings

Chair: Elizabeth Prettejohn

2b) Echoes and Allusions

Chair: Paula James

Psyche and Beauty in Paintings from the Eighteenth Century to the Present Day

Nadia Scippacercola

(Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II)

with Rosanna Scippacercola

Undertones of Cupid and Psyche in Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth

Janice Siegel (Hampden-Sydney, Virginia)

Psyche in the Salon: French Interior Decoration in the 18th Century

Jared Simard (CUNY)

Adapting Cupid and Psyche for the C21st Stage: Process through Performance

Emily C. A. Snyder (Turn to Flesh Productions)

15:30-16:00 Refreshments
16:00-17:00 Fenton
3) Neoplatonism                                                                Chair: Maeve O’Brien
The Platonic Ass: Thomas Taylor’s Cupid and Psyche in Context (1795-1822)

Robert Carver (Durham)

18:30-19:00 Pre-Dinner Wine reception – Devonshire Foyer

Sponsored by The British Academy

19:00-20:00 Dinner for Delegates with Orange Stickers
20:00-23:00 Bar open

Thursday July 14th

08:00-9:00 Breakfast – Main Dining Room (for Residential Delegates)
08:30 Conference Registration Desk Opens – Devonshire Foyer
09:00-10:30 Fenton
4) Visible Voices                                                                Chair: Roger Brock
Apuleius at the court of Louis XIV: Lully and Molière

Stephen Harrison (Corpus Christi, Oxford)

Operatic adaptations of Cupid and Psyche

Stelios Panayotakis (Crete)

10:30-11:00 Refreshments
11:00-12:30 Fenton
5) Psyche in Italy                                                           Chair: Michael Paschalis
            ‘Del soffrir degli affanni è dolce il fine’: Ancient Myth and Comic Drama in G.F. Fusconi (with G.F. Loredano and P. Michiel) for F. Cavalli, Amore innamorato (1642)

Tiziana Ragno  (University of Foggia)

‘In the calm whirlpool of the void’: Psyche in C19th and C20th Italian literature

Lucia Pasetti (Bologna)

12:30-13:30 Buffet lunch – Dining Room
13:30-15:00 Fenton Evans
6a) Modern Reflections

Chair: Ed Cueva

6b) The Romantic Psyche

Chair: Maria Haley

Looking back and forward with Apuleius: Why Cupid and Psyche keep moving from the simple to the complex

Paula James (Open University)

Classical Themes in Irish Literature in the Long Eighteenth Century

Maeve  O’Brien (Maynooth)

Cupid and Psyche on stage in the 21st century

Hendrik Müller

Keats’ Ode to Psyche: Poetry and Inspiration

Regine May (Leeds)

15:00-15:30 Refreshment break
15:30-17:00 Fenton
7) Images Telling Tales                                                      Chair: Regine May
Walter Scott’s Kenilworth and the story of Cupid and Psyche

Michael Paschalis (Crete)

Apuleius and Interior Decoration: Cupid and Psyche on a French Wallpaper

Christiane Reitz (Rostock)

18:30-19:00 Pre-Dinner Wine reception – Devonshire Foyer


19:00-20:30 Conference Dinner (including wine) for Delegates with Blue Stickers
20:00-23:00 Bar open: drinks can be bought in the bar and taken in to dinner

Friday July 15th

08:00-9:00 Breakfast – Main Dining Room (for Residential Delegates)
08:30 Conference Registration Desk Opens – Devonshire Foyer
09:00-10:30 Fenton
8) Narrative Poetry, Poetic Narratives                        Chair: Robert Carver
Robert Bridges’ Eros & Psyche and its Models

Luca Ruggeri (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa)

Gothic allegory and feminist critique:

Cupid and Psyche in the novels of Charlotte M. Yonge and Sylvia Townsend Warner

Clemence Schultze (Durham)

10:30-11:00 Refreshments
11:00-12:30 Fenton Evans
9a) Psychology and Philosophy

Chair: Stephen Harrison

9b) Modernism

Chair: Charles Martindale

Kierkegaard as a Reader of Apuleius

Zacharias Andreadakis (Michigan)

‘The heart in conflict with itself’:

Faulkner’s humanistic reception of Cupid and Psyche in The Reivers

Vernon Provencale (Beveridge Arts Centre, Wolfville)

Psyche the Psychotic: Cupid and Psyche in Franz Riklin’s Wunscherfüllung und Symbolik im Märchen

Geoffrey Benson (Colgate University)

‘I have tried to be blind in love’:

Sylvia Plath’s House of Eros

Holly Ranger (Birmingham)

12:30-13:30 Buffet lunch – Dining Room
13:30-15:00 Fenton
10) Illustrating Psyche                                             Chair: Clemence Schultze
Apuleius’ Cupid and Psyche:

Narrative, Reception, Aestheticism in 19th-Century Britain (Pater, Morris, Burne-Jones)

Elizabeth Prettejohn (York)

Charles Martindale (York & Bristol)

Between Symbolism and Popular Culture:

Cupid and Psyche in Fin de Siècle Book Illustration

Christoph Leidl (Heidelberg)

15:00-15:30 Refreshments
15:30-16:30 Fenton
11) Psyche in Mississippi                 Chair: Stephen Harrison & Regine May
Eudora Welty’s The Robber Bridegroom: Cupid and Psyche on the Natchez Trace

Julia Haig Gaisser (Bryn Mawr)

16:30-17:00 Conference Closing

This programme reflects the current state of play at 21/06/2016 and may change between now and the conference.