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Classics-position candidate offers presentation Friday

February 10, 2011


Jessica Westerhold, a candidate for the tenure-track position in classics, will give a talk in the Logan Room today from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.: “Truly Madly Deeply: Discourses of Desire in Ovid.”

This presentation will consider how paradigms of female desire from Greek myth are constructed as abject in Ovid’s poetry, with special attention to his Ars Amatoria (“Art of Love”). It will explore whether these abject desires work within a contemporary discourse of desire to help define normative sexuality for Roman men and women or whether the ludic play of Ovid’s poetry suggests alternative readings for the paradigms, effectively destabilizing these constructions.