Readings Relating to Omeros

Emily Greenwood, “Translatio studii et imperii: The Manipulation of Latin in Modern Caribbean Literature”

Derek Walcott, “The Caribbean: Culture or Mimicry?”

Margarite Fernandez Olmos and Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert, Introduction to Creole Religions of the Caribbean: An Introduction from Vodou and Santeria to Obeah and Espiritismo

Derek Walcott reading the begining of Omeros

University of Warwick’s WikiOmeros Commentary

Readings relating to Song of Solomon

Tessa Roynon, “The Africanness of Classicism in the Work of Toni Morrison”

Judith Fletcher, “Signifying Circe in Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon”

Manuela López Ramirez, “Icarus and Daedalus in Toni Morrison’s ‘Song of Solomon'”

Robert Hayden, “O Daedalus, Fly Away Home”

Other mythological poems by Robert Hayden


If you are interested in receiving a copy of either of these texts, please contact the organizers. Priority will be given to undergraduate and graduate students. A copy of each text will also be available in the Classical Studies library and the DAAS library.

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

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Omeros by Derek Walcott

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Banner image, courtesy of Michele Valerie Ronnick, is from the installation of “14 Black Classicists,” which was displayed at the Rubin-Frankel Gallery, Florence and Chafetz Hillel House at Boston University, November, 2015 to January 2016.

In January and February 2004, the installation, then titled “12 Black Classicists,” was beautifully displayed at the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library at University of Michigan.