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‘Ancient Greeks/Victorian Sexualities’ focus of Altman Humanities Scholars-in-Residence lectures

Simon Goldhill and Yopie Prins, the John W. Altman Humanities Scholars-in-Residence, will present a series of lectures on “Ancient Greeks/Victorian Sexualities: The Use of a Classical Past in the Making of Gender and Desire.”

The lectures will be held at the art museum and will each be followed by a reception.

Prins, associate professor of English and comparative literature at the University of Michigan, will present “Ladies’ Greek” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26.

Author of Victorian Sappho and co-editor of Robert Browning’s Greek Translations, Prins conducts research in areas including Victorian poetry, classical Greek literature and its reception, gender criticism and translation studies. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship for her project “Ladies’ Greek,” a book about the entry of women into Greek studies in Victorian England and America.

Goldhill, professor of Greek literature and culture at the University of Cambridge, will speak on “Imaging Ancient Desire” at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27.

Considered a leading figure in the application of modern literary criticism to Greek texts and among the best-known modern interpreters of Greek poetry, Goldhill does research in narrative theory, gender studies and the relationship between art and literature. He is author of many books including Foucault’s Virginity, Who Needs Greek? and Love, Sex and Tragedy: How the Ancient World Shapes Our Lives.

The lectures, free and open to the public, are co-sponsored by the departments of classics and English, the Altman Humanities Scholar-in-Residence program and the art museum. For more information, call 9-1480.

Date Published: 09/14/2006
Volume: 26   Number: 5

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