Plagues from the Past: readings from Oedipus Tyrannos and the Iliad
Emily Wilson, Reading from her translations of ancient Greek texts
followed by a conversation with Emily Greenwood, Yale Department of Classics
Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 4 PM
Mark Strand Memorial Reading
Yale Collection of American Literature Reading Series at Beinecke Library
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Professor Emily Wilson will deliver the 2020 Mark Strand Memorial Reading online on Wednesday, October 7, at 4pm (a zoom link will be posted and circulated in October).
Celebrated for her vivid and lyrical translation of Homer’s The Odyssey, Wilson will read from new work currently in progress: translations of Homer’s Iliad and Oedipus Tyrannos.
The reading will be followed by a conversation with Professor Emily Greenwood, Yale Department of Classics.
Emily Wilson is the College for Women Class of 1963 Term Professor in the Humanities, professor of Classical Studies, and graduate chair of the Program in Comparative Literature & Literary Theory at the University of Pennsylvania. Wilson attended Oxford University (Balliol College B.A. and Corpus Christi College M.Phil.) and Yale University (Ph.D.). In 2006, she was named a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome in Renaissance & Early Modern scholarship. In 2019 she was named a MacArthur Fellow, and in 2020 she was named a Guggenheim Fellow. More information
Emily Greenwood studied Classics at Cambridge University, where she gained her BA, MPhil, and PhD degrees. She joined the Classics department at Yale in July 2009. Her research interests include twentieth century classical receptions (especially uses of Classics in Africa, Britain, the Caribbean, and Greece), Classics and Postcolonialism, and the theory and practice of translating the ‘classics’ of Greek and Roman literature. More information
The Mark Strand Memorial Readings are endowed by Dr. Jeffrey V. Ravetch ’73. Dr. Ravetch’s gift honors his friend and fellow Yale graduate, poet and visual artist Mark Strand ’59 BFA. More information
Photo of Emily Wilson by Kyle Cassidy