Emily Wilson's Homer: Towards a Feminist Odyssey | Newberry

Emily Wilson's Homer: Towards a Feminist Odyssey

Saturday, October 23, 2021



Dr. Laura Passin, St. Mary’s Academy
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

Please Note: This seminar is a special 3-hour Saturday virtual offering. From the moment of its publication in 2017, Emily Wilson’s translation of The Odyssey was famous for being the first English translation, by a woman, of the epic. While expanding possibilities for women translators is itself a laudable achievement, one of the truly exciting aspects of Wilson’s translation is how she approaches questions of gender, misogyny, and consent in the text. Instead of taking for granted that men are heroes and women are supporting characters, Wilson’s translation asks us to approach characters of different genders and levels of autonomy as (fictional) people in their own right. In this seminar, we will explore some of the ways that Wilson’s translation opens up lines of inquiry relevant to today’s students. We will compare some key passages with their counterparts in “standard” translations, and we will also discuss the ways that writers like Margaret Atwood and Louise Glück created their own feminist Odysseys before Wilson’s translation was published.

Cost and Registration Information 

Registration for all NTC seminars opens Friday, September 10, 2021 at 8 a.m. (Central Time). Registration instructions and pricing information can be found here. Once open, registration for this seminar will be available through this link. For more information about NTC purchases, please contact Cate Harriman, Teacher & Student Programs Coordinator, at harrimanc@newberry.org.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for the seminars, as well as instructions for accessing virtual seminars, will be distributed to participants via email.

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