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Fall 2022 Townsend Lecturer: Constanze Güthenke

Wednesday, September 7, 2022 at 4:30pm

Goldwin Smith Hall, G64

Constanze Güthenke, Professor of Greek Literature at the University of Oxford, will deliver three Townsend Lectures in the Fall of 2022.  The first talk will be on September 7th. Additional talks will be given on September 9th and 12th.

September 7:   Lecture I: Continents
September 9:   Lecture II: Comedies
September 12:  Lecture III: Canons

From early on, Classical Scholarship in America looked to Europe and looked at itself through Europe as a point of reference, creating a complex triangulation between modern America, contemporary Europe, and the ancient world. These lectures will attempt histories of disorientation that explore individual trajectories (of figures as different as Basil Gildersleeve, William Scarborough, and Helen Magill White, wife of Cornell president A. D. White), genres and modes (Aristophanic comedy), and fluid priorities. Drawing on published scholarly works and unpublished writings, the larger aim is to reflect on disciplinary histories of discomfort and on reoriented disciplinary history in parallel.  


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